Kay McKinley Michel, 70, of Lilburn, Georgia, passed away on November 28, 2018, at Gwinnett Medical Center after a brief illness. Kay was born November 22, 1948 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She grew up in Cottondale and moved to Atlanta in the early 1970s. Kay spent the majority of her career at Snellville Middle School, in the Gwinnett County School system. She retired from education after 36 years having enjoyed many years as a teacher and an administrator. Kay is survived by her husband Paul, two daughters, Mollie Evans and her husband Andy; Helen Harmon and her husband Ben; three grandchildren, Logan, Landry and Anderson. Kay is also survived by her brother, Hank McKinley and his wife Sheryl of Northport, Alabama and their children, Brock McKinley and his wife Heather, Deanna Erwin and her husband Mike, daughter Kinzlee, Hunter McKinley and his wife Hannah, daughter Raelynn. The family will receive friends Saturday, December 1, 2018 from 9:00 am to 11:00 am at Wages & Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30046. The funeral service, officiated by Rev. Bob Mitchell of Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, will follow at 11:00 am . A graveside service will be Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 2:00 pm CST at Tuscaloosa Memorial Park in Tuscaloosa, AL with Rev. Ken Cheek of Chapel Hill Baptist Church officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to a cancer charity of your choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wagesandsons.com.

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  1. I worked with Kay many years ago and have such fond memories of going into either her office or Elaine Hall’s and just chatting with the two of them. I know I made Kay shake her head more than once and those memories still make me smile. All of you are in my thoughts and prayers,

  2. Mollie and Helen, my heart is saddened by the loss of your mom. She was a good woman and wonderful AP at SMS. I have many fond memories of her. Hugs to you, your dad and family.

  3. Kay was the best of the best in all she did. She was a dear friend and her death leaves such a void in many lives including mine. My sincere condolences to Paul, Molly, and Helen. May she Rest In Peace.

  4. I also worked with Kay years ago, as her assistant at Snellville Middle School. I watched her girls grow up and loved seeing their
    photos from all the many dance programs. She kept scrap books for each of them and I was always amazed at her
    “scrap booking” skills. When we would talk more recently, she still talked about the girls, but now, it was more about
    those grandchildren……she was so proud of all of them.
    She was a joy to work with and I have so many memories of our time together. She comforted me when my daughter had
    difficult pregnancies with both her children, and let me rush out of work numerous times to see about her. I’ll always be
    grateful to her. My heart is broken that she has been taken from her precious family and all her many friends and co-workers way too soon. I will miss her.
    Kay Payne

  5. So very sorry to hear about Kay. Many fond memories of working with her at SMS. Prayers sent from South Carolina to Paul, Molly and Helen, also her grandchildren.

  6. Dear Paul, Mollie and Helen,
    I am at a loss for words to express how sad I am to hear of Kay’s, your mom’s, passing. She was such strong and loving woman. I think back to all of our great adventures at school, at dance and at church. My heart breaks for you. Please know that all of the Donnelly’s are praying for you during these hard days. Love you all.

  7. I was with Kay this month just a few weeks ago scrapbooking in Alabama. Selfishly I’m so thankful for that time spent with her and Mollie. We always had grandchildren stories to share. We talked about knee surgery an myself having it done in Jan. She was such a kind hearted soul. My heart aches for the family. I am praying for your strength and understanding!! Love and hugs sent!

  8. Dear Cousins Paul, Helen, Mollie, and family …. my heart breaks for your family’s loss. Kay was a lovely , gracious woman who gave so much of herself . I will keep you all in my prayers and please know if I can do anything for you ever don’t hesitate to ask. . Love, Cousin Robin

  9. My heart is broken for your family. I loved Kay, we had a great time at the South B-ball games watching our favorite cheerleaders

  10. My heart aches! Prayers for the family as they encounter difficult days ahead. May the fond memories help you cope with the loss you feel. Please know that Kay will always hold a special place in my heart.

  11. Paul, Helen and Mollie, our condolences to you. Hugs and prayers for strength over the next few months. Kay was one heck of a woman, educator, AP, mom, and Grandma. Mostly to me she was a dear friend. Never a dull moment and always had great stories to tell. Very sad to hear this news. My thoughts and prayers to all of you.

  12. Paul, Molly, and Helen, know that all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Kay was a very special AP. She always had a positive attitude, and an encouraging word. This is a huge loss to everyone her life influenced, including mine. Thank you for sharing. An old Snellville Middle Teacher.

  13. Paul, Molly, Helen, and family,
    You have my deepest sympathy. Kay was an excellent AP and kind person. I talked to her at Elaine’s visitation last year; When she was an AP, she talked about Molly and Helen and last year, she talked about her grandchildren. I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  14. I am so sorry for your loss. Kay was a wonderful person that I had the opportunity to work with at SMS years ago. Please know that the family is in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. Hugs from Canton, GA.

  15. I was in disbelief when I heard of Kay’s passing. I always felt like she was a close friend, even though she was my administrator. I could talk to her about anything and shared many great times at SMS. My sincere sympathy goes out to her family. She will be missed.

  16. I was so saddened to hear of Kay’s passing. My classroom was across the hall from her office at Snellville Middle, and I fondly remember many impromtu visits with her before and after school. I had the upmost respect for her. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

  17. I am so sorry to learn of Kay’s passing. I enjoyed working many years with Kay at Snellville Middle School.. My heartfelt sympathies and prayers for Paul, Mollie, and Helen.

  18. I was so very saddened to hear about Kay. I was part of the Scrapbooking group and Kay always made sure everyone got good meals at our smaller retreats he food was so good! She will be missed by many. My prayers are with Paul, Molly, Helen and all of the rest of her family. Kay loved her family I will miss her telling us all the funny stories. Blessings to you!

  19. So sorry for your loss. Kay and I worked together in Gwinnett for many years. First as ILT’s then administrators. She had a positive impact on many teachers and students.

  20. Sorry to hear about your loss. Acts 24:15 helps us to appreciate that their will be a ressurection and soon we can be with our dead loved ones again. My thoughts and prayers are with your family

  21. Kay was such a shining light in so many people’s lives. We will all miss her terribly. Just know that I am praying for comfort for your family during this difficult time.

  22. My condolences to Paul, Mollie, Helen and the Michel family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Kay was a wonderful leader, friend and administrator at Snellville Middle. She always made time for each of us whatever the need.
    I have fond memories of times spent watching dance performances at Sugarloaf and at Samford in Birmingham. Kay loved talking about her girls and sharing memories with her scrapbooking pictures. She was so very talented!
    She will be missed.

  23. My condolences to Paul, Mollie, Helen and the Michel family. Kay was a wonderful administrator and a friend to all of us a S.M.S. She will be missed.

  24. Paul, Helen and Mollie, you have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your wife and mother. I was fortunate enough to work w/Kay at SMS shortly after I moved to Gwinnett. She always had a kind word or a valuable word of advice for me as I moved toward administration. I know she will be sorely missed and will be lifting you all up in prayer.

  25. Prayers to you, Paul, Helen and Mollie. So Sorry for your loss. Kay was always supportive when we worked together at SMS. I certainly benefited from her kindness and willing to share her knowledge. I’m so sad to hear of here passing.

  26. Paul, Molly, and Helen – we are so sorry for your loss. Kay will be missed. She meant a lot to us and we always appreciated her work and commitment. Our prayers are with you and your families.
    Lisa and Mike Moody

  27. Dear cousin, you were so much more than a cousin to me. You inspired me to strive to give the way you gave of yourself. The highest compliment that I ever received was when someone told me you referred to me as your “mini-me.” I miss you terribly and still cannot believe you have left this world. Much love to Paul, Mollie & Helen

  28. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Kay was smart, kind, wise, and funny. Think of the number of lives she touched-both in and out of classrooms-and try to find comfort in knowing her life made a difference. Prayers for you all. Ann Pitner

  29. What a force that woman was! If it needed to be done, she did it. She was determined, smart & always willing to help. She passed on her love of teaching to her girls and helped transform many lives as a result. Mollie & Helen are loving, wonderful mothers who love their babies with the most beautiful, unconditional love. A love they learned from their mother. Our hearts go out to your family and we are lifting you up in prayer. We pray you find comfort in the arms of our Heavenly Father, knowing she is at his side. We love you!!!!
    Adam, Ashley & Jake-Jake

  30. My heart goes out to Paul, Mollie, Helen and Kay’s very large family. I always have known Kay for her strength and wisdom and most of all for her very strong love for her beautiful family. I could sit for hours listening to her stories as she had such a way the way she told them. She was and still is to me a tower of strength, kindness and love in her soft spoken way. You Kay are going to be missed by so many lives you have touched.

  31. My deepest sympathy goes out to the family of Kay. Kay and I met at Samford, where we worked student assistants in the library. While at Samford we discovered our families lived only 5 miles apart.

  32. Kay, & I grew up together in Cottondale. We lived close to each other & were good friends .
    I have so many great childhood memories & will cherish them always . My condolences to her family

  33. I was saddened to hear of the news about Kay. Always a kind and caring friend first and then an administrator. She touched so many lives -teachers and students- at SMS. Prayers for comfort and strength during these difficult days.

  34. To The Michel Family,
    I had the distinct honor and privilege to serve as an Assistant Principal with Kay at Snellville Middle School. Kay was a phenomenal mentor and friend to me and I truly admired her spirit and zeal for life. Please know that you are in my prayers during this difficult time.

  35. Havent seen my aunt Kay in many years, but she was a kind woman with a big heart. Im very sorry to hear the news and best wishes to my Uncle Paul and my cousins Molly and Helen.

  36. I am deeply saddened by your loss. I had the honor of serving under Kay my beginning years as a teacher at Snellville Middle. I gained a wealth of knowledge and her assistance and guidance was invaluable. I pray God’s peace and strength over you and your family.

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