MONSON – Althea French, 83, died March 13, 2011, at a Dover-Foxcroft nursing home. She was born May 30, 1927, in Monson, daughter of Arthur and Alice (Champion) Haggstrom.
She was a member of Monson Historical Society, Monson United Church of Christ, and American Legion Auxiliary.
She is survived by a son, James H. French and his wife, Sherry, of Guilford; a daughter, Nancy Taylor of Dover-Foxcroft; five grandchildren, Julie and her husband, Ed, and their son, Gannon, of Presque Isle, James E. of Guilford, Kristen and her companion, Tom Asturias, of Sandy, Utah, Laura and her husband, Shawn, of Newtown, Conn., and their children, Aaron and Sofia, and Daniel and his daughter, Tianna, of Dover-Foxcroft; a stepgrandson, Jerod Edes and his wife, Ashley, of Glenburn; a sister, Joyce Allen of Dover-Foxcroft; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Harold E. French; and a son, Daniel E. French.
Friends may call 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at Crosby & Neal, 21 Oak St., Guilford, where funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday. Spring burial will be at Hillside Cemetery, Monson. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make donations in her memory to Monson Alumni Association, P.O. Box 227, Monson, ME 04464. For an online guest register, go to