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Marian E. French.

HOPKINTON, N.H. - Marian Elva (South) French, 81, of Hopkinton and Meredith, died on June 18, after a courageous battle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease).

She was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., the daughter of the late Furman and Elva (Cameron) South. She graduated from Cornell University in 1948. She previously resided for many years in Shrewsbury, Mass. She volunteered at the Concord Hospital in Concord, N.H. and the Memorial Hospital in Worcester, Mass. and was a substitute teacher in the Shrewsbury, Mass. schools. She was a member of St. Theresa Church, in Henniker.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Herbert S. French Jr. of Hopkinton; two sons, Herbert S. French III and his wife, Cynthia, of Boylston, Mass., David C. French and his wife, Colleen, of New Hampton; a daughter, Susan C. French Hull and her husband, Rocky, of Royalton, Vt., a daughter-in-law, Jacqueline French of Malibu Beach, Calif.; two brothers, Richard South of Pittsburgh, Pa. and Furman South III, of Sewickley, Pa.; a sister, Helen Straub of Allison Park, Pa.; four grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased in 2005 by a son, Dr. Thomas S. French.

A celebration of her life was held on June 25, at St. Theresa Church in Henniker. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family at a later date. Donations can be sent in memory of Marian French to: ALS Center of DHMC Section of Neurology, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756, or Cornell University Alumni Fund (class of 1948), PO Box 2600, Ithaca, NY 14851. The Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home and Cremation Service, in Henniker, directed arrangements.
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Date:Jun 26, 2008
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