“She’s a wonderful woman. She never gives up.”

How a Mom’s Quest Turned into Three Vests

On any given day in sunny, southeast Florida, Idler Obas strolls into work with a smile and his lunch for the day in tow. If he ever forgets to pack his afternoon meal, he has a built-in backup plan waiting on him when he arrives.

 

“Mom is mom,” Idler says. “I’ll come to work with some food, but she will always come and say, ‘I’ve got something for you.’”

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Idler, his mother, Marie, and his younger brother, Stevenson, all work together at Store 1589 in Delray Beach, Florida. The Obas family’s employment at Walmart came to fruition following a harrowed journey from Haiti. Marie, married with three sons, moved to the United States alone nearly 20 years ago. She was in pursuit of better opportunities for herself and her family.

 

Marie’s first few years in the United States consisted of a few different jobs. During that time, she returned to Haiti for family visits a handful of times. “I was praying a lot that I could be there, so we could be like a team,” Stevenson says. “She was trying to get us all together.”

 

The separation got more and more difficult, but in 2007, changes started happening for the better. That year, Stevenson joined Marie in the United States. The two of them eventually began hearing a lot about Walmart. They both applied in 2009 and soon got hired on at Store 1589 at the same time.

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“After that, it was like a dream come true,” Stevenson says. “We literally got the same schedule.” The jobs opened the door for another Obas to make a move, too. In 2009, Marie’s eldest son, Idler, joined them, also at Store 1589.

 

“They’re like an example because they’ve been working here before me,” Idler says. “It’s a family thing.”

 

Today, Idler is a Cap 1 Associate, Stevenson is a Department Manager, and Marie is a Maintenance Associate. The Obas trio is inching closer and closer to a full decade of working together. It’s a unique situation the two boys adore. Just like they do their mother.

 

“She’s a wonderful woman,” Idler says. “She never gives up.”


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