Mary S. French, 76


DUNN — Mary S. French, age 76, passed away Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh.

Mary was born May 7, 1945, in Coleman, Alabama, daughter to the late Joseph Henry Perry and Marjorie Augusta Perry. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Walter C. French.

Originally from Alabama, Mary spent time in Illinois, Tennessee and Kentucky. She lived for over 20 years in South Korea and The Philippines where she taught English as a second language, most notably at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea. After the passing of her beloved husband, Walter, Mary relocated to the Dunn area where she has lived since 2009. 

A lifelong musician, she has spent the past several years as a guitar, voice and piano teacher for Dunn School of Music, as well as served as the organist for both Sacred Heart Catholic Church, of which she was a member, and Lillington Baptist Church. 

A Funeral Mass will be held Friday, Oct. 29, at 11:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Dunn.

She is survived by sons: Matt Semrick and spouse Michelle, Nick Semrick and spouse Randi, and Oliver French and spouse Sara; a daughter, Beth and spouse Keven; and eight grandchildren. Mary also leaves behind countless friends from all over the world.

The family will have visitation Thursday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Cromartie-Miller Funeral Home in Dunn.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation to Dunn School of Music.

“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”

A service of Cromartie-Miller Funerals and Cremations of Dunn.


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