Mary Jo French

March 7, 1936 - August 10, 2017

Mary Jo French, 81, of Waco, passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017. Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Monday, August 14, with Pastor Edmund Castro officiating at Waco Memorial Park Mausoleum, with visitation from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, August 13, at the Mausoleum Chapel at Waco Memorial Park.

Mary Jo attended Waco public schools and retired from La Vega ISD after 25 years of service. She married her childhood sweetheart, Sammy French who preceded her in death.

She lived a full and happy life. Her love of God, family and her little dog Missy were the focus of her life.

Survivors are three children, Debbie Hennig and husband, Steve, Lanny French and wife, Sally, Darbie Batey and husband, David; grandchildren, Clint Adams and wife, Cheryl, Amy Hill and husband, Rodney, Jake French and wife, Ashley, Lauren Gottwald and fiancé, Brad Romine, Mike Hennig and wife, Sara, Melissa Jaster and husband, J.D., Matthew Hennig and wife, Arianna. Survived by one great-great-grandchild and seven great-grandchildren; sister, Hazel Propp and husband, Elmer; and brother, Truett Thompson.

Preceded in death by her father and mother, Julia Rachel Thompson and Luther Eugene Thompson; sisters, Lillian Thompson, Tiny Bashara, and Dorothy Thompson.

Bearers of the casket will be; Rodney Hill, Jake French, Brad Romine, Clint Adams, Colton Adams, Ethan Hill and Corbin Adams.

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I am so sorry to read of Mary Jo's passing. I have nothing but great memories of her and Sammy, two wonderful people of God. I worked along side of Sammy at the church the night he passed.. .two wonderful people...!!! God bless the family always and ease the pain so that you can remember nothing but the fond memories.


I'm heartbroken to hear of Mary Jo's leaving this world to join the other angels watching over us all. My girls and I knew her as the sweet Mrs. Pridemore across the street. She was a smiling friend and neighbor for every day of the 14 years we've been lucky enough to live in Hewitt. She will be missed by each and every person in the neighborhood who were blessed by her pretty smile, a wave of her hand, and her wonderful voice asking sincerely, "How are you doing?". She certainly had a heart of gold and I'll assure my girls that Mrs. Pridemore has moved on to her new home in heaven. We'll miss you, Mary Jo.


So sorry to hear the news. She was a great lady that took time out of her day to share the word of God with others. She took me to church and always made time for me to stay and play. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Kenna Elwood Harris


My prayers and sympathy are extended to the family and loved ones of Mrs. French. Keep your faith in the resurrection promised at John 5:28, 29. Soon God will put an end to all sickness, sorrow and pain. He will also do away with our enemy death as promised at 1 Corinthians 15:26. Pray for God's kingdom to come as Jesus taught us to do. Please be comforted by the words expressed at Revelation 21:3, 4. Remember: God keeps His promises and it is impossible for God to lie!

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