May 6, 1918 – February 10, 2021

Evelyn French, age 102, passed away at her home in Black Forest, Colorado on February 10, 2021.  She was born May 6, 1918 in Vergas, Minnesota to Alex and Florence (Wolter) Lachowitzer.

Evelyn graduated from the United States Army Nursing Corps and worked for many years as a Registered Nurse (R.N.).  She was a founding member of Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Black Forest and was passionately active with various pro-life causes.  She wrote and directed a number of religious plays, enjoyed sketching, and was talented with handcrafts such as sewing and quilting. She married a Navy veteran, Robert Emmanuel French, on November 27, 1947 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Denver, Colorado.

She is survived by 3 sons: Michael Robert, James Emmanuel, and Christopher Paul French; 4 daughters: Mary Beth French, Joan Cecilia Sharpe, Ann French, and Claire Baggett; and 1 sister, Ruby Buchanan.  She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her husband; 1 daughter, Carolyn Evelyn French Osborne; and 7 brothers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:00 pm on Monday, February 15, 2021 at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Black Forest.  A closed-casket visitation will be held from 10:30 – noon and a Rosary at 12:30. For additional information and to register to attend please see the church’s website (

Interment will be private and take place at Eastonville Cemetery in Elbert, Colorado on Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Evelyn’s memory to Pikes Peak Citizens for Life (

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  1. Evelyn you blessed my life & so many others! Thank you for every prayer you said for me! I love you dearly!

  2. Miss Evelyn will be so missed by so many. She was such a wonderful sweet lady. Her love for God was seen every day. My thoughts and prayers to her beautiful family. Rest In Peace.

  3. Joan, Tim and family sadness for the passing of your mother and grandmother. This is such a beautiful picture of Ms. Evelyn. Whenever you saw her she’s always smiling. Sadness here on earth, heaven received and angel

  4. Fly high grandma french ❤️

  5. My deepest condolences to Evelyn’s family. She touched SO many hearts and gave love with every smile. Her life’s influence on souls is only fully understood by our loving Father, and impacts our world now and in the afterlife. All who knew her have been blessed.

  6. God received a beautiful soul this past Wednesday. God Bless her as You Blessed all of us that knew & loved her. She was a kind, gentle soul and will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all her family

  7. We are so sorry for your loss.we send our thoughts and prayers
    Marlene Murphy, Diana(Murphy)Smith
    Connie Woods

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