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Obituary: Fabia 'Bunny' French, 82, of Salem

The obituary for Fabia "Bunny" French, 82, of Salem.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

Fabia "Bunny" (Burridge) French, 82, of Salem, died peacefully at her home on April 20, 2014 surrounded by love. She was the beloved wife of Frederick French, who she met when she was 14 and shared 63 years of marriage.

Fay was born in Salem on September 5, 1931 to the late Captain Frederick and Anna (Leal) Burridge. She graduated from Salem High School with the class of 1949. She was employed at the United Shoe Company before raising her five children, then at the former Phillips School in Salem and most recently at Anderson & French, PC.

Fay was exceptionally kind and friendly and was happiest with her family and lots of company. She loved the outdoors, animals, birds, flowers, campfires and a good thunderstorm. She was a longtime Mass Audubon and WGBH member.

Fay was a happy person with a positive soul and a smile for everyone. She will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew her. 
Along with her husband, Fay is survived by her five children; sons, William and his wife Kathleen, Glenn, Scott and his wife Claire; daughters, Donna McArdle and her husband Sean, Patricia Swaczyk Serino and her husband Steven; her eight grandchildren, Heather, Jason, Christin, Scott, Brian, Spenser, Bryanne and Dominic and three great-grandchildren. She also leaves her sister Anna "Dolly" Leadbetter and her husband Robert and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Hugh Burridge.

ARRANGEMENTS: Her funeral service will be held in The O'Donnell Funeral Home, 46 Washington Sq. (at Salem Common), Salem, Friday, April 25th at 10AM. Relative and friends invited. Burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, Salem. Visiting hours Thursday, April 24th from 4 to 7 PM. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please visitwww.odonnellfuneralservice.com

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