Megan French, a healthcare consultant and longtime resident of Reidsville NC, died on March 8, 2022 at the age of 62 at Moses Cone Hospital after a sudden decline in health. Her memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 20 at 3:00PM at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Reidsville, NC. The memorial service will be live streamed.
Megan is survived by her spouse, Dave J. French, her son David L. French of Greensboro, daughter Elizabeth French Marriott of Washington, DC, her sister Deborah Kudelka of Toronto, CA, and her brothers Timothy Hanna of Taos, NM, and Thomas Hanna of Palm City, FL. She is predeceased by her parents, Dorris and Bertram Hanna.
Megan will be remembered for her love and kindness to others, great cooking skills and her intelligence. She was an excellent life partner and business partner with incredible devotion to her family. Important milestones in her life were graduating from Duke University and impulsively marrying Dave in 1981, the birth of her children in 1985 and 1988, and starting the healthcare consulting company with her husband in 1998. Over the years, she strongly encouraged her children to do their best and pursue their dreams and will be remembered for her constant presence and unconditional support. She became an excellent driving coach for her husband with such insightful comments as “Do you have any idea where you are going” and “Geez Dave.” Because she was such a great mom, partner and coach, her family has excelled.
Megan endured occasional practical jokes from her family. These include stuffing paper in the toes of her shoes to make her think she outgrew them, finding a bullfrog in her salad and being kissed by an unnamed person who had a grasshopper in his mouth. These experiences made her a somewhat cautious person who bought many pairs of new shoes, chose to make her own salads, and was wary of outdoor kisses.
Some of her favorite activities were traveling and visiting with family and friends, attending musicals, and, of course, watching Duke basketball. She traveled to many exotic destinations, warm beaches and mountain tops. All of these experiences all helped her to become highly skilled shopping expert. She loved finding treasures such as hand knitted baby booties from Arun Islands for her expected granddaughter, pottery from artists near and far, and the tiny glass animals from the many places she visited.
The family would like to thank the heroic Moses Cone Hospital staff and physicians, and family and friends for their many generous acts of kindness and support. A very special thanks to Ted and April Hopkins and Louisa and Zach Brown for their steadfast and loving support.
To those wishing to honor Megan, please consider donations to the Free Clinic of Rockingham County 315 S. Main St., Reidsville, NC 27320 and/or Museum and Archive of Rockingham County P.O. Box 84, Wentworth, NC 27375.
Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may also be shared at www.wilkersonfuneral.com for the French family.