Jennifer Lea (Qualey) French

Born: Tue., Jan. 27, 1953
Died: Sat., Aug. 29, 2020


2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Sat., Sep. 05, 2020
Location: Seagle Funeral Home

Memorial Service

3:00 PM Sat., Sep. 05, 2020
Location: Seagle Funeral Home

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Jennifer Qualey French, 67, of Pulaski passed peacefully with her loved ones by her side on August 29.  Jenni was born on January 27, 1953 in Charleston, SC to the late John Patrick Qualey and Lea Holt Qualey. She was also preceded in death by her brother Jimmy Qualey, and sisters, Mary Bear, Gwen Kelley, and Judy Bevon.  She is survived by her husband Tommy French, daughter Lea Monday and husband Doug of Max Meadows, son Council Compton of Pulaski, her honorary daughter Rachel Simmers of Pulaski, and two grandchildren Mason and Keily Monday. She is also survived by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack and Jana Qualey of Burlington, VT, Joe and Heidi Qualey of Charleston, SC, her sister and brother-in-law Gina and Cletus Keating of Golden, CO, brother-in-law Mike French, sister-in-law Leslie Worrell Queen both of Pulaski, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. The family extends its gratitude to Sheila Akers of Max Meadows, Jenni’s personal care aide who showed her so much love and compassion over the past few years and became a member of the family. We would also like to thank Cheryl Morgan of Max Meadows who recently helped with Jenni’s care.


Jenni was full of life with a smile and laugh that could light up a room.  She loved her family beyond measure.   She was also the teller of many funny stories.  Those who knew her would agree that she was truly one of a kind.


She was diagnosed with Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy in 1989 and her fight began.  She battled through the darkness of this disease and never lost her faith that even if a cure wasn’t found during her lifetime that one would be found nonetheless.  Her strength and determination were forces to be reckoned with.


Jenni was a longtime member of the Pulaski First United Methodist Church.


The family will receive visitors at Seagle Funeral Home on Saturday, September 5 from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., with a Celebration of Life to follow at 3:00 p.m., officiated by the Rev. Will Shelton, and special speaker David Shumate.  A private family burial will held at a later date.


The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, P.O. Box 97075, Washington, DC 20090-7075, or by visiting, or to the Pulaski First United Methodist Church, 135 4th Street N.W., Pulaski, VA 24301.



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Kathy Bishop
   Posted Mon August 31, 2020
Keeping your families in our thoughts and prayers.
Kathy and Freddie Bishop

Ed Bernard and Cecil Hernandez
   Posted Tue September 01, 2020
Tommy, Lea, and family,
So sorry to hear of Jennifer's passing...God broke the mold when he made her..She was a great person, and always stood her ground on her beliefs...She may have been compromised due to the MS...but you would never know when speaking with her...She was very loveable and made people people feel loved around her..
God has recalled one of her angels and I know her Mom, Dad, and Jimmy were waiting at the gates of Heaven for her...With her MOM leading the pack!!!

Jennifer's Charleston Childhood Friends
   Posted Tue September 01, 2020
We are sadden to hear about the death of our beloved childhood friend Jennifer. Our thoughts are with her family in Pulaski VA as well as her family, brothers Jack and Joe, from Charleston SC. We all have such great Cathedral Grammer School memories. Our sleepovers at the Qualey's house along with some sneaking in the attic for dress-up with Jennifer's older sisters prom dresses.
Now she is at peace, lovingly Peggy, Betsy, Deborah, Kitty, Marcella, Martha, Cherry and Bonny

Brenda Seagle Vipperman
   Posted Thu September 03, 2020
My prayers are with you all as I know you will miss Jenni. She sure fought her illness with dignity and a smile on her face. May she rest in peace!! God bless16

Mary Bourne Bos
   Posted Thu September 03, 2020
So sorry for the loss of a sweet and determined cousin. I remember fondly running through that huge house on Broad Street playing hide and seek with all my cousins, Jackie, Jennifer, Jimmy and Joe. She was the ultimate image of courage. She will be truly missed by all that knew her.

   Posted Sun September 06, 2020
I was so sorry to hear the news about Jennifer. We were freshmen at Bishop England together. I'm glad she lead a good life, it sounds like she was loved. My condolences to you all.

Tommy McQueeney
   Posted Sun September 06, 2020
So sad for this fine Charleston family. I only knew Jennifer for a short while in school, but got to know her dear mother over the years along with her brothers Jack and Joe. In these awful pandemic times it has been difficult to celebrate a life, especially one well spent as was hers. May she Rest In Peace.

Bernard Ritter
   Posted Mon September 07, 2020
My condolences to nt r French and Qualey families. Great memories growing up with Jennifer and the Qualey clan of Broad st.

   Posted Tue September 08, 2020
My heartfelt condolences to the family of Jennifer French. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray God continues to comfort and strengthen the family during this time of bereavement. May the many loving and cherished memories of Jennifer continue to comfort her family and friends. A comforting promise is stated at Revelation 21:4 "And he (God) will wipe put every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain will be anymore. The former things have passed away." May you all have calming and pleasant thoughts during this time.

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