Obituary for Marie Adele Carr

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at 10:00 am in Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lafayette for Marie Adele Barousse Carr, 82, who passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Thursday, May 25, 2023, at her residence in Lafayette.

Entombment will be held in Lafayette Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Reverend Mario Romero, Pastor of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lafayette, will officiate at the services.

The family requests that visitation be held on Friday, May 26, 2023, at Martin & Castille's SOUTHSIDE location from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm and will continue on Saturday morning from 8:00 am until the time of services. A rosary will be recited on Friday evening at 6:00 pm.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Dr. Catherine Carr George and husband, Jackie James "Jake" George, Jr., and Dr. Michelle Carr Frank and husband, Jeffrey Miles Frank; her grandchildren, André Jude Carr (Jonathan), Garrett Michael George, and Connor James George; her step-grandsons, John Thomas Frank, William Riley Frank (Kelsey), Jeffery Miles Frank, Jr., Samuel Jacob Frank, and Luke Joseph Frank; her sister-in-law, Carolyn Barousse; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Catherine Lorraine Hynes Barousse and Homer Edward Barousse, Sr.; and her brother, Homer Edward Barousse, Jr.

Adele was a native of Crowley, Louisiana and a recent resident of Lafayette, Louisiana. She graduated from St. Michael High School in Crowley in 1958 and was a 1962 graduate of the University of Southwestern Louisiana obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She was a member of the Tri Sigma Sorority as well as an academic honor society. After completing her education at USL, she earned her Master's Degree in Education Administration from McNeese State University, where she was one of the only women in her 1969 graduating class.

Following in the footsteps of her devoted parents, Adele became an accomplished and respected woman in her profession as an educator for almost 60 years. She touched many lives throughout her career as she taught in several places including New Orleans, Chalmette, Lake Charles, and her hometown of Crowley. After completing her education, she moved back home to Crowley where she taught at South Crowley Elementary, and later became Principal, one of the first females to fulfill that role in the Acadia Parish School system. She would then move on to the Acadia Parish School Board where she served as Supervisor of Elementary Education. As one of the only female administrators to serve in a senior leadership role, she encountered several unique challenges. She faced these challenges with tenacity, strength, and grace that garnered the respect of her peers and colleagues. Her no nonsense leadership style paved the way for those who would follow her.

Her passion for teaching remained throughout her life. Following her retirement, she volunteered her time reading to children through the United Way “Reading Across America” program. She also volunteered at the Crowley Soup Kitchen and at the Miles Perrett Center in Lafayette.

Adele was an avid reader and enjoyed going to the library, traveling, visiting with family and friends, and her participation in her book club as well as the Crowley 310 Club. As a history buff, she appreciated her time as a member of the Acadia and Galvez chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Adele was a devout Catholic and was a lifelong parishioner of St. Michael Catholic Church in Crowley before moving to Lafayette where she attended Holy Cross Catholic Church. She instilled a strong devotion to the catholic faith in both of her daughters and raised her family with unconditional love. Adele had a practical approach to life yet was very forgiving and loving. Above all, she inspired a strong sense of independence and the importance of family values. Friends and family appreciated and admired her quick-wit, intelligence, and dry sense of humor. She enjoyed preparing Sunday dinner for her family and was known to host many family events without hesitation. Her family was always welcome in her home.

Pallbearers will be Jake George, Jeffrey Miles Frank, André Carr, Garrett George, Connor George, and Jonathan Booth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Adele's name to either the Acadia Parish Public Library: 1125 N. Parkerson Ave. Crowley, LA 70526 - 337-788-1880, Miles Perret Cancer Services: 2130 Kaliste Saloom Rd. Suite 200 Lafayette, LA 70508 - 337-984-1920 -

The family would like to thank her oncologist and close family friend who lovingly cared for her, Dr. Philippe Prouet, her dedicated primary care physician and close family friend, Dr. Karrie V. Kilgore, the staff of Ochsner Lafayette General Burdin Riehl Medical Center, and Hospice of Acadiana.

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