Gisèle was born February 4, 1922. She is the second of nine children (7 girls and 2 boys). She spent her childhood traumatized by her father’s stern character. When she was 13, she went to live with her grandparents. Her grandfather spoiled her but her grandmother taught her order, discipline and frugality. She was set for life. Her father will later tell her that if women where admitted in the army in her days, she would make a very good Commanding Officer. All her life would be dominated by rules, order, discipline and principles. She participated in many social movements and with her husband attended to the needs of the less fortunate citizen of her native land Haiti. She loved gardening and she was a member of the garden club. She had a passion for culture, reading and games which stimulate the mind. She was an avowed Scrabble player. She kept a daily log to inscribe all the details of her activities.