French, Marie Hill

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Marie Hill French, 87, of Pearisburg died Thursday, March 2, 2006 in Roanoke, Va.

Mrs. French was born on October 31, 1918 in Crumpler, W.Va. and was a daughter of the late Arnold B. and Hattie C. Mills Hill. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Mason French, three sisters, Lula Mae Noble, Elizabeth Eanes and June Holbert; five brothers, Edward, Raymond, Harry, Jack and David Hill.

Mrs. French was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church in Roanoke, the Eastern Star in Princeton, W.Va. and The Young at Hearts in Giles County. Mrs. French was a retiree of the Giles County Sheriffs office. Mrs. French will also be remembered for the many cakes and homemade candies she made.

She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Robert Lee French and wife Modesta of Silver Springs, Md.; one daughter, Vickey French of Roanoke; two brothers, Roy B. Hill and A.B. Hill and wife Cynthia both of Jacksonville, Fla.; a granddaughter, Robbin Gibson of Roanoke and two great-grandchildren, Nichole and Christopher Gibson; two sisters-in-law, Blanch French and Norma Frye; one brother-in-law James French and his wife Betty. Also left behind to cherish her memory is Margaret Shelton who was like a daughter; special friends Juanita and Bane Shelton, Pansey and Douglas Whittaker, Carol Madero, Betty Roberts; a special nephew Bud French and special niece Kristina Holman, many more nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Givens Funeral Chapel in Pearisburg at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 5, 2006 with the Rev E. E. (Dick) Jones officiating with burial following in Resthaven Memorial Park in Princeton, WV. The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Givens Funeral Home in Pearisburg. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Grace United Methodist Church, 4404 Williamson Rd. N.W., Roanoke, Va. 24012. Online condolences can be sent to the family at