Evelyn French, founding member of Our Lady of the Pines, dies at age 102
COLORADO SPRINGS. Evelyn French, a longtime member of Our Lady of the Pines Parish in the Black Forest section of Colorado Springs, died Feb. 10. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Our Lady of the Pines on Feb. 15, followed by burial at Eastonville Cemetery in Elbert.
French was born May 6, 1918, in Vergas, Minnesota to Alex and Florence Lachowitzer. During World War II, she graduated from the U.S. Army Nursing Corps, and she worked as a registered nurse at hospitals in Fargo, North Dakota, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. On Nov. 27, 1947, she married Robert French at Immaculate Conception Church in Denver. The couple had eight children — three sons and five daughters.
She was a founding member of Our Lady of the Pines Parish in Black Forest and was active in the pro-life movement. She also wrote and directed plays and enjoyed sewing and quilting.
She is survived by three sons: Michael Robert, James Emmanuel, and Christopher Paul French; four daughters: Mary Beth French, Joan Cecilia Sharpe, Ann French, and Claire Baggett; and one sister, Ruby Buchanan. She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.
French was preceded in death by her husband; one daughter, Carolyn Evelyn French Osborne; and 7 brothers.