J. Wallace James Elementary School and the Lafayette Parish School system community is mourning the loss of assistant principal Mrs. Michelle McCarley.

"We extend our deepest condolences to her husband, Brian, and her daughter, Peyton," says a press release from the Lafayette Parish School system. Michelle was taken from us far too soon. She leaves behind hundreds of students and scores of colleagues who will miss her loving spirit and beautiful smile."

Visitation is today (Friday, August 3) from 11 AM to 9 PM at Melancon Funeral Home on 4117 N. University Avenue in Carencro. Services are Saturday, August 4, at 12:00 PM at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lafayette.

"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," says Principal Dana Schmersahl. "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."