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Michelle Lee Marchiafava, a native and life-long resident of Baton Rouge, died Monday, June 21, 2021, just four days before her 45th birthday on June 25th. She is survived by her mother, Terri Aucoin Warner (Jerry), her father Mark Marchiafava, and her sister Christie Marchiafava (Linda McGrew). Michelle is also survived by her fiancee’ Peggy Lignieres, her devoted partner for over sixteen years. Additional survivors include life-long friend Kelly Gautreaux and her god-daughter Isabella Gautreaux; her Aunt Janice, who claimed Michelle as her first born; stepbrothers Derrick Warner and Chase Warner; and her stepsister Kaitlyn Warner. Michelle is also survived by her grandmother Theresa Marchiafava and too many aunts, uncles, nieces, and nephews to count. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Charles Marchiafava, Wilma Lee Aucoin and Walter T. Aucoin.
Michelle’s lifelong dream was realized when she became a paramedic. She lived for her job. But she was injured on a rescue and never fully recovered, preventing her from returning to ride the truck she loved. She stoically endured numerous surgeries with the valiant devotion of her partner Peggy and her babies (don’t dare call them fur babies), Tucker, Jaden and Callie.
Michelle inherited her good looks from her mom and her wicked sense of humor from her dad. Her family will miss the bossiness that only the elder of two mischievous young ladies can wield over the younger. It’s hard to imagine a life without you in it, Shel, but we look forward to seeing you again as the whole, healthy, beautiful young woman you were and are. We will take heart from the Harry Potter series you loved: ”Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Albus Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
Family and friends may sign the online guestbook or leave a personal note to the family at www.resthavenbatonrouge.com.
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