CORRECTION: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Shena Tucker was Markley's sister. Elon News Network regrets this error.

Updated as of 4:06 p.m. on May 21 to include more information about Markley.

Elon Community Service Officer Monte Markley died on Saturday, May 18 at 43 years old, according to an email sent out to the Elon community by University President Connie Book. 

Markley is survived by her mother Lynn Cobb, her father Harold Prince and her sister Amanda Kilcrease. Markley was also preceded in death by her son James Lee Yancey Markley.

Born in Guilford County, Markley was a graduate of Western High School. Though she worked at many places over the years — including as a substitute in the Alamance-Burlington School System — Markley joined Elon as a member of the Facilities Management team in 2015 and later moved to Elon Campus Safety and Police in 2022.

Chief of Campus Safety and Police Joe LeMire was unavailable for Elon News Network’s immediate request for comment.

The email also stated that more information about possible community gatherings and arrangements will become available in the coming days. Expressions of condolence for Markley’s family can be dropped off at the Truitt Center main desk or sent through campus mail to Truitt Center, 2960 Campus Box.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 at the Rich & Thompson Chapel in Burlington. People may also show their support by purchasing and planting a memorial tree in Markley’s honor.

“It can be difficult to process the grief we experience after the loss of a colleague and friend,” Book wrote. “Please keep Monte’s family, friends, colleagues, and students in your thoughts, and let us know if there is anything we can do to support you.”

For resources, students, faculty and staff can contact the Truitt Center for Religious and Spiritual Life at 336-278-7729, staff with Student Care and Outreach in the Office of the Dean of Students at 336-278-7200 or counselors from Counseling Services at 336-278-7280. 

Students can access 24/7 resources from the crisis counselor on-call at 336-278-2222, TalkNow from TimelyCare or Student Life administrator on-call through Campus Safety and Police at 336-278-5555. Faculty and staff may also utilize Elon Work-Life Resources for support.


Avery Sloan contributed to the reporting of this story.