Marlene A. French

February 2, 1958March 5, 2014
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Marlene A. French of New Bern passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at her home.

Marlene’s journey ended and she received her angel wings and gold stars. She fought her battle with grace and dignity. She was an amazing woman, wife, mother, Nana, daughter, sister, aunt and friend.

She is survived by her husband, Lee Roy French, Jr.; two daughters, Amy Thore and husband, Jason and Mary Anna Lowe and husband, Johnathan all of New Bern; mother, Ruth Avery of New Bern; two brothers, John Wilson Avery and Eddie Avery both of New Bern and five grandchildren: Cody Lowe, Lucas Thore, Gracie Thore, Noah Lowe and Annabelle Lowe. She was preceded in death by her father, John William Avery; two nephews, Joseph Avery and Travais Avery and niece Maria Avery.

The family will receive friends at Cotten Funeral Home on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 6:30 p.m. with Pastor Toby Carnes officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Craven County Home Health Hospice, PO Drawer 12610 New Bern, NC 28561 and/or Church Relevant, 610 Airport Rd, New Bern, NC 28560

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Arrangements are entrusted to Cotten Funeral Home & Crematory.


  • Visitation Friday, March 7, 2014
  • Memorial Service Friday, March 7, 2014

Marlene A. French

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Patricia Williamson

March 15, 2014

LeeRoy so sorry. Had no idea ! Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you. May you all feel God's loving arms wrapped tightly around you. Patricia Guy Williamson

Joe and Aileen Swindell Lewis

March 12, 2014

Ruth and family. So sorry for your loss.
May God give you peace and comfort.

Mary K Crawford

March 10, 2014

Deepest Sympathies to Marlene's family. Marlene and I went to school together and I grew up just down the street for Lee Roy but have seen either them in many years.

Donna Jarman

March 9, 2014

Lee Roy, We are so sorry to hear about Marlene. We had no idea she was sick, it has been such a long time since we have seen ya'll. Please know we are thinking of you and your family. Donna Jarman & Rosanna Lukas

Ken Holton

March 8, 2014

Lee Roy, It's been very long time my friend but know that Mirgy and I have you all in our thoughts and prayers. So sorry for your family's loss. You guys have such a beautiful family.
God Bless, Ken & Mirgy

denise gaskins blount

March 8, 2014

I had no idea that Marlene was sick, I haven't seen a lot of the family in such a long time. I am so sorry I didn't make the visitation and service, but I just found out about Marlene's passing a few minutes ago. Prayers for all of you, I'm so sorry for your loss.

Jenny Galloway

March 8, 2014

Marlene and I went to high school together and knew each other from Tabernacle Baptist Church in our late teens. Although we never hung out together, whenever we saw one another in town, we 'd always talk as if we were old best friends. She was very friendly and down to earth. I was so shocked to hear of her passing. May God give you comfort in the days and years ahead.

Chris & Ashley Franchi

March 8, 2014

Marlene was such a sweet and kind woman. We know she will be missed by all that knew her. We are so sorry for your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you.

March 7, 2014

Ruth so sorry for your loss. She sounds as if she was a wonderful person.
please know we are all thinking about you and your family. our prayers are with your whole family.

the Edwards family

Joey Cuddington

March 7, 2014

Lee Roy and family, I am so sorry for what you all have endured. I'm sure Marlene tried to spare all of you as much as she could - that was her nature. I had the most helpless feeling in the world watching my mother battle the same fate. So it is with some certainty that I can tell you that the passage of time will be your friend -- only good memories will prevail.