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J. Wallace James Elementary Asst. Principal dies at 47

Posted: 1:45 PM, Aug 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-03 14:45:15-04

Funeral arrangements for a Lafayette Parish elementary school vice principal have been set.

Services will be held Saturday, August 4, 2018, at a 12:00 p.m. for Mass of Christian Burial in St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lafayette for Michelle Duhon McCarley, 47, who died on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at Lafayette General Medical Center.

Visitation for the J. Wallace James Elementary School Assistant Principal is Friday, August 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Melancon Funeral Home, 4117 N. University Avenue, Carencro. 

The Lafayette Parish School System issued the following statement on the loss of  Michelle McCarley:

The Lafayette Parish School system community is saddened at the loss of one of our beloved administrators, Mrs. Michelle McCarley.  We extend our deepest condolences to her husband, Brian, and her daughter, Peyton.

Michelle was taken from us far too soon. Michelle was the assistant principal at J. Wallace James Elementary School. She leaves behind hundreds of students and scores of colleagues who will miss her loving spirit and beautiful smile. Principal Dana Schmersahl shared the following on social media.

Today [August 1] was one of the saddest days we have ever had on Willow Street, as our beloved Assistant Principal Michelle McCarley dawned her angel wings and left this earth. She will be forever remembered for her vibrant smile and the joy in her heart that she had every day. We will keep her memory alive wearing our tiny green (lymphoma) pins on our lanyards and wearing her green shirt on “McCarley Mondays.” Michelle has left a fingerprint on all of our hearts, and she will never be forgotten.

Visitation is Friday, August 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Melancon Funeral Home, 4117 N. University Avenue, Carencro. Services are Saturday, August 4, at 12:00 p.m. at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lafayette