“She was able to perform a miracle.” Parliamentary employee Shirlee Lafleur died at the age of 51.


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However, Shirlee Marie Moreau Lafleur has built a reputation as a dependable parliamentary employee during more than a decade of service in one of Florida’s poorest House districts, but she hasn’t been in the limelight and instead I preferred to have the elected boss have a microphone.

La Fleur died on March 22 at the age of 51. The cause of death was liver cancer, said US Congressman Frederica Wilson of D-Miami.

“Shirley’s intelligence, relationships, political insight, and her heart have allowed her to change the lives of our members and other people in our country and around the world,” Lafrule said. Said Wilson, who worked for the last 10 years. “She was able to perform a miracle that no one else could do … thanks to the relationships she built.”

A devoted civil servant, La Fleur, formerly a member of Congressman Kendrick Meek, continued from the Florida Senate in Tallahassee to the Parliamentary Hall in 2003. He vacated the House of Representatives in 2010 and ran for the US Senate. Wilson replaced him and, in an unusual move, maintained three of Meek’s staff. Rough rule was one of them.

Joyce Postel, Wilson’s District Director, said: “Shirley was unique and there was nothing she had to do to help those in need. Our community suffered great losses.”

Officially, Lafleur’s position was Director of Field Operations. However, she was a typical problem solver as she freed the locals from immigration congestion, passport accidents, and a number of demands that flowed into the district office.

“She has acquired the ability to help people and solve problems,” said Jolanda Cash Jackson, a partner at Fort Lauderdale’s Becker & Polyakov, who first met La Fleur in Tallahassee. “I think it had something to do with her passion for her people as immigrant daughters to make sure that part went well.”

Shirley of U.S. Senator Kendrick Meek during a speech by Miami lawyer Ira J. Kurzvan on behalf of Haiti's exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide at a press conference on March 1, 2004.・ Deputy Director Morrow Lafruul will watch over. To his left is North Miami City Councilor Jack Despinose, and to the right is North Miami Beach City Councilor Philip Derose.

At a press conference on March 1, 2004, Miami lawyer Ira J. Kurzvan, who represents Haiti’s exiled President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is Shirley, deputy district director of US House of Representatives Kendrick Meek.・ Morrow La Fleur is giving a lecture. To his left is North Miami City Councilor Jack Despinose, and to the right is North Miami Beach City Councilor Philip Derose.

In one of the most concentrated Haitian districts in the United States, La Fleur’s Haiti heritage and extensive contact were invaluable assets.She helped both Meek and Wilson navigate Haiti’s turbulent politics He provided advice on how to tackle the myriad of problems that arise in the area, including Miami, Miami Gardens, Miramar, Pembroke Pines, and Hollywood.

“Most people associate her with immigrants and passports. But Shirley was a woman throughout the four seasons. She will tackle international issues, but she will also address many domestic issues. “Wilson said. “Shirley was a champion of teachers, seniors, workers and people in nursing homes.”

Wilson Announcing a temporary graveyard with simulated tombstones in North Miami La Fleur was on her side to remember the victims of COVID-19 in October. In addition to helping Wilson mourn the black victims of the pandemic, La Fleur decided to “feed the United States, especially the elderly, during the pandemic,” Wilson said.

“She will sort out these baits,” said a lawmaker. One day, I was surprised to see a sick Lafruul loading a box of Popeye’s fried chicken in his trunk and feeding an elderly person who was calling the district office saying he was hungry. “She worked every day trying to find out what we could do to help these people who didn’t eat and didn’t have food.

“We’re in this pandemic right now, and many don’t know that Shirley is gone,” said Wilson, wrapped in a blanket left by La Fleur for her.

In September 2003, new immigration member Kendrick Meek spoke on the phone while preparing breakfast, which was being hosted as part of the Congressional Black Caucus. Staff Shirley Lafrul (right) and Regina Romero put together the folders for Chief of Staff John Shelble to point and direct.

In September 2003, new immigration member Kendrick Meek spoke on the phone while preparing breakfast, which was being hosted as part of the Congressional Black Caucus. Staff Shirley Lafrul (right) and Regina Romero put together the folders for Chief of Staff John Shelble to point and direct.

A longtime member of the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Miami, La Fleur married her husband Pierre Paul in 2002 at the famous African-American Church. Together, they raised two daughters, Amanda and Samantha. Rough rules of the individual kept their illness on themselves without telling their boss or friends how serious the liver cancer attack was. Still, recognizing that she was ill, Wilson advised her to take a break while she was receiving chemotherapy.

It was nothing because La Fleur called between doctors’ visits, delivered Popeyes Chicken to the elderly, and worked to resolve her relationship with Lolodex. Most recently was her effort to safely remove the kidnapped members from Haiti after she was released.

“The life she touched, the family she touched, it’s just insurmountable,” Wilson said.

Born November 10, 1969, La Fleur graduated from North Miami High School. She graduated from Florida International University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. One of her first jobs after graduation was as a supervisor at Miami-Dade Team Metro. There, he helped residents solve complex problems with the county’s services.

Then in 1998 Lafruul went to work for Meek as a legislative aide at his Florida Senate office. Gepsie Metellus was an aide to Barbara Carey-Schuler, then a county commissioner, and she and Lafleur met and became friends. The two often compared notes about the implications of working in the offices of elected civil servants.

“It’s more about composition services than people imagine, and Shirley has perfected the art of serving her members, and I think she made it so quiet, very well and so powerful.” Metelus said.

“She was this quiet servant, pulling all the ropes in the background and working hard to get it done, but refused to claim credit and hit her chest,” This was me, I I never said, “I did this,” added Metels. Community activist and secretary general of the Soundtrack Haiti Neighborhood Center.

Wilson, still shocked by Lafruul’s sudden death, tells the story of Lafruul’s unavoidable achievement of saving someone from deportation. It was four undocumented Hispanic fathers, whose 18-year-old son crashed a Haiti community forum at the North Miami Church, and Wilson had four members.

“He’s about to be deported tomorrow at 4am,” 18-year-old Carlos Rivas informed Wilson about his dad. “What can you do? Is there any help you can try to give us?”

Wilson moved back and forth between the dining room and the kitchen where La Fleur was operating his cell phone, while having dinner at a Miami Beach restaurant for the next few hours to entertain Congressmen. After several phone calls, La Fleur expelled Immigration and Customs officials from bed in the middle of the night, stopping deportation.

The story made the Miami Herald headline, Lafleur is getting credit.

“She never failed to stand up on that occasion,” Wilson said. “She was fine and well. She was the answer to all my problems.”

In addition to her husband and daughter Lafleur is her parents Eugenie and Amendment Moreau Sr. Survived by. Brothers, Avenant Morrow Jr.; Sisters, Millanda M. Las (Travelis); Sister-in-law, Marie J. Piram; Nephews, nieces, and many extended families and friends.

The monument to honor her is Thursday from 5 pm to 9 pm at 16480 NE 19th Ave in North Miami Beach. It will be held at St. Fort’s Funeral Home in. Her life was on Friday at 11:00 am at Miami Gardens 21611 NW 34th Ave. Celebrated at the Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in.

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