Suzanne Carrell
1923 - 2019
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Suzanne T. Carrell, 96, of St. Augustine, Florida passed away on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019.
Suzanne was born in Albi, France in 1923 to George and Emily Tarbouriech. She married Herbert A. Carrell, Jr. in 1946 in Meknes, French Morocco, moved to Jacksonville with her husband of 54 years.
Suzanne was a professor of French at Jacksonville University for 35 years retiring in 1989. While at J.U. she created and directed the continuing education program DAWN/DUSK for 17 years. She was co-founder with John S. Duss, Sr., of the Alliance Francaise de Jacksonville, starting in 1961 which is still in existence today. In 1953 with the help of two French High School teachers in Jacksonville, they created an organization which goal would be to promote, encourage and reward the study of French in high schoolers in Florida, "Congres de la Culture Franchise en Florida". Today the congress has over 1,400 students competing for scholarships, one in the honor of Suzanne. She also helped with the twining of the cities of Jacksonville and Nantes, France.
Suzanne was awarded several metals from the French Government. In 1964 Suzanne was honored as Officer De L'Orde Natural DuMerite. In 1970 she received the "Palmes Academigues" for services rendered to the French culture. In 1998 she became a member of the Duchesse Anna Society. In 2012, Suzanne received the Legion of Honor medal, Frances highest honor, an honor she cherished for the promotion of French culture throughout her long and distinguished career.
Suzanne was preceded in death by her parents George and Emily Tarbouriech, and her husband Herbert A. Carrell, Jr.
She is survived by her sister Deedee Laborde of St. Gaudens, France, her daughter Kathleen C. Walsh, husband Bernard L. Walsh, Jr., two grandchildren: Landry Walsh, wife Chrissy and Michelle Walsh Lopez, husband Jose, four great-grandchildren: Ethan, Emma, Christian and Sebastian, sister-in-law Ann Jeter, cousins Gileo and Francine Chavatte of Paris, France, several nieces and nephews and her best friend Betty Bracher.
Suzanne was a strong lady with a big heart. She loved teaching and did many civic activities.
She loved her family most of all enjoying being with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She loved cooking her wonderful French meals with all her family and friends gathered around the table.
She will be dearly missed.
A Memorial Service will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers if you wish to donate to the Scholarship fund of Congres de la Culture Francaise en Florida – please make donations out to Le Congrès de la Culture Française en Florida and mail to Patrycja Prokopowicz, Le Congrès de la Culture Française en Floride, 2316 SW 127 Avenue, Miramar, FL 33027.
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Published in Florida Times-Union from May 1 to May 5, 2019.
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May 14, 2019
I have been one of Mme. Carrell's little protegees, I guess you might say. Since age 13 I was intrigued with the French language, its people, its mores. I have never left the study nor the interest in French and France. My career has been totally involved in this, and what I experienced from Mme. Carrell, my French teachers, the American Field Service organization, the French Congres, the Alliance Francaise, Language Magnet schools in Jax, and Jacksonville's Sister Cities only served to make me a more knowledgeable French instructor. My memories of Suzanne Carrell are many and delightful. She has been instrumental in inspiring my life-long pursuit of knowledge of the French and the French language and culture!

Sincerely. Karen Samble
Jacksonville resident
Retired teacher
May 5, 2019
Kathy, your mom was such a special inspiration to me and my family. I have so many happy memories of her when she was our neighbor. Last Sunday I was telling a group of friends how when she couldn't drive she would still make plans and stay active. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in her loss and in the celebration of a life well lived:! In Christian love, Barbara and Harvey Jay
Barbara Jay
May 3, 2019
JoAnn and I send our deepest condolences to the Carrell family, especially Kathleen and Bernard, on Suzanne's passing. She had a very long, active, distinguished and productive career in the educational field, and the founding, promotion and spread of French culture in Florida. Her work has been duly recognized, will be long-remembered and continue on for years to come.

On a personal note: Suzanne, Herbert and Kathleen were life-long friends of my family in Jacksonville going back many years - the 50's /60's. I have many wonderful memories growing up and our family get-togethers (especially at Christmas), enjoying all the great meals she prepared along with Herbert's humor. Great times and memories!

She will be missed and may she Rest in Peace.
Robert/JoAnn Vergnolle
May 2, 2019
Please accept my sincere condolences to the family and friends. Losing a loved one in death is never easy. May the hope of everlasting life sustain and comfort you during this difficult time. (John 17:3)
May 2, 2019
Mrs Suzanne T. Carrell was the godmother of the French Choir "Les Chanteurs du Comminges" who toured Florida in 2000 and 2002 promoting French culture, thanks to her relentless help and committment to this musical tour. As director of this choir, I would like to express all my condolences to the whole family for their loss. We, the Chanteurs du Comminges have lost our godmother and her memory, committment and affection will never be forgotten. May she rest in peace.
On a personal note,a university professor in charge of international exchanges, I would like to aknowledge the immense involvement of Suzanne in my educational and academic projects in promoting bridges between France and Florida as . We have grown family-like ties with her and her family, and I remember here how much I owe her. Dear Suzanne, your legacy will live on and we will remember it. Thank you so much for evrything!

Au revoir Suzanne et merci pour tout !

Dr. Philippe Murillo
Université Paul Sabtier, Toulouse 3, France
Director, Les Chanteurs du Comminges, France
Philippe MURILLO
May 2, 2019
Mrs Suzanne T. Carrell
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