Melba Naomi Briles French
February 17, 1923-May 18, 2007
Melba Naomi French, 84, passed away in Bryan after a long illness. Funeral services will be held at her home church, First United Methodist, 506 E. 28th Street, Bryan at 2pm on Sunday, May 20, 2007. The Rev. Matt Idom and Rev. Bob Bray will be officiating. Burial will follow at the College Station Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her husband Darwood French in 1971.
Melba “Big Mama” French had 5 children; Gayle French and wife Merle of Bryan, Randy French and wife Cheryl of College Station, Jeff French and wife Valerie of Bryan, Melissa French of Atlanta, GA and Nina French of Houston. She had 9 grandchildren and 6 great grand children.
She founded and operated French’s Schools for over 20 years where she was affectionately know by the kids as “Frenchie Momma”. With a humble beginning in her home, the business grew with help of her devoted husband Darwood, to 5 commercial centers that served over 750 children per day. There are now hundreds of former students living in B-CS who felt her loving care. She also had numerous foster children as well as a large heart to help those in need.
The family ask that in lieu of flowers that a memorial donation be made to a charity that would be very close to her heart, Scotty’s House (child advocacy center), 502 S. Coulter Bryan, TX 77803.
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