Trudie S. French, 96, a beloved mother, grandmother, aunt friend, passed away Saturday, July 1, 2006 at Brandon Court Nursing Home in Brandon. Visitation is at Milling Funeral Home in Union from 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, 2006 and Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at 10:00-11:00 a.m. at Erin Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Union. Services will be at 11:00 a.m. at the Church with burial in the Erin Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Born June 2, 1910, Mrs. Trudie was the daughter of L.E. and Elvie Shealy. She was the widow of Luther French and a lifelong member of Erin Cumberland Presbyterian Church. She retired from Midland Shirt Company in 1972. When her health began to decline in 1996, she moved to Brandon to live with her daughter, Delores Ladd, and son-in-law, Ernest. She attended Calvary Baptist Church in Brandon.
Affectionately called “Aunt Trudie” by her numerous extended family members, she was a very special person. She was easy to love and loved by all who knew her. She enjoyed gardening and cooking. An excellent seamstress, she loved to quilt and crochet. Even as her eyesight and health failed, she continued to crochet and loved giving her handmade Afghans to family and friends. Visits by her grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family and loving friends were a great source of joy.
Mrs. French was also preceded in death by her parents; a son, James Earl French; six brothers; and three sisters. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Delores French Ladd and husband, Ernest, of Brandon; a daughter-in-law, Annette French of Pearl; grandchildren Kenny Ladd and wife Cathy of Metarie, LA; Marty Ladd and wife Kay of Brandon; Ricky Ladd and wife Erin of Columbia, SC; Kandy Butler and husband Trent of Jackson; and Kim Lyle and husband David of Madison; fifteen great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends.
Pallbearers Include: Max Sessums, Lindsey Ladd, Andy Vance, Randy Vance, Wesley Ladd, Jackie French, Wayne Parker and Robbie Pearson.
The family would like to express sincere thanks for the special care given by MS HomeCare Brandon for the last three years, especially to Paul, Evelyn and Peggy. Sincere appreciation is also extended to the staff at Brandon Court Nursing Home, where Mrs. French was a resident for the last month of her life. Memorials may be made to CPW of Erin Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 712 Rigdon Road Union, MS 39365