OBITUARY

Françoise M. Rich

September 13, 1940March 12, 2018

Françoise Marie Rich (née de Perry), 77, of Universal City, Texas passed away Monday, March 12, 2018 following a brief and sudden illness.

Françoise was born on September 13, 1940 in Pornichet, France. She studied in England before she came to the United States at the age of 19. In Topeka, Kansas, she met her future husband, Bill (CWO-4 Army) whom she wed shortly thereafter. Their first daughter Natalie was born in Topeka. After a move to Madrid, Spain their second daughter Michele was born. Françoise truly enjoyed her role as a military wife and viewed every move as a new adventure. Bill’s military career took the family to Madrid, Spain; Lompoc, California; Del Rio, Texas; and Wiesbaden and Ramstein, Germany before their final move to Universal City, Texas in 1975.

Françoise was a creative and talented writer and artist; her favorite medium was watercolor. She spoke five languages and had an affinity for culture, music, and art. She enjoyed teaching and attending classes at the Academy of Learning in Retirement (ALIR) where she formed many treasured friendships. She returned to France every summer to spend time with her family. She had a passion for life and good food, and her favorite times were spent enjoying a meal with those she loved or playing a game of Scrabble with her grandchildren who called her “Mamie.” She was proud of her French heritage and took an active interest in people’s lives and opinions. She shared her love of travel, culture, languages, and nature with her daughters while they were growing up, taking them on many trips all over Europe.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Billy Dean Rich, her parents René and Luciènne de Perry, and her sister, Ghislaine De Jaager.

She is survived by her daughters, Natalie Rich (Steve) Mahany of Dripping Springs, Texas and Michele Rich Dacus of Colleyville, Texas; her five grandchildren, Mark (Maria) Mahany, Leslie Mahany, Laura Mahany, David Dacus, and Eric Dacus; and her siblings Hélène Lavenant, Gilles (Dany) de Perry and Philippe (Joelle) de Perry of France. She also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and her goddaughter, Justine de Perry.

Funeral and graveside services will be held Wednesday, March 21 at 2:30 p.m. at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, Texas.

To share condolences with the family, please visit www.cookwaldenfuneralhome.com.

  • FAMILY

  • She is preceded in death by her husband, Billy Dean Rich, her parents René and Luciènne de Perry, and her sister, Ghislaine De Jaager.

    She is survived by her daughters, Natalie Rich (Steve) Mahany of Dripping Springs, Texas and Michele Rich Dacus of Colleyville, Texas; her five grandchildren, Mark (Maria) Mahany, Leslie Mahany, Laura Mahany, David Dacus, and Eric Dacus; and her siblings Hélène Lavenant, Gilles (Dany) de Perry and Philippe (Joelle) de Perry of France. She also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and her goddaughter, Justine de Perry.

Services

  • Graveside Service Wednesday, March 21, 2018
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Nancy Bryant

March 25, 2018

My husband (Ronny Simmons) and I were so sad to hear of your mother's passing. I sat behind her in ALIR's Calligraphy class for 3 semesters. My husband took one semester with us, and we both so enjoyed seeing her wonderful art. Later, while taking a watercolor class, he would always seek her out to show her what he had been practicing and to ask her advice on improving his skills. She was ever so gracious and helpful. I had to smile one day when she asked me if I minded that she talked to him every week--of course I didn't mind, as it made him so happy to share his projects with her. I thought she was one of the classiest women I ever met. We will miss her very much.
Nancy Bryant

Millie Mayoral

March 21, 2018

Francoise was our French instructor when I began classes at ALIR. We enjoyed her classes a lot. Also we enjoyed her company as we all gathered for lunch in the places that served French food. She always shared the great times she had in her trips back home to France. She is missed by all of us.
Our prayers are with her daughters and sisters.

Pam Tobias

March 21, 2018

To the family of Francoise Rich, Please accept my condolences. I'm so sorry for your great loss. Francoise and I shared many art classes at ALIR.
We shared a passion for drawing and painting and I respected her talent. I loved hearing stories of France and how art is almost a natural
expression of most who live there.

Years later, my husband Kevin enjoyed taking many French classes from Francoise. She was an excellent teacher he said.
Francoise will be sorely missed, not only as an excellent teacher, but also as a good friend.
I will be praying for your loss.

Sincerely,
Pam Tobias




Rex De Jaager

March 17, 2018

My God mother. She taught me much. I loved her on point aggressive style. Always sharp as a tack. Loving, caring and beautiful. She's in heaven next to my Mom chatting at 100 miles an hour in multiple languages. What a great lady.

Michelle Alt

March 15, 2018

My sincere condolences to Françoise's family. Françoise was our next door neighbor on North Blvd. I was the baby of the family and remember the time we moved in and never seeing much of our neighbor. Then I had this eerie feeling, she was a witch (remember I was only about 8/9). Then one day my mom introduced us and though I was scared, I walked up to her and said hello - only to find out she was such a nice, sweet, kind lady and I of course loved her accent! She even offered me a drink or sweet or something and from then on, we were friends. When I was older she loved to talk about her kids and grandkids with me. She was so proud. I even believe when I found my husband, she had to check him out for me. After I left home and came home for visits, I always had to make sure I visited Françoise to say hello. She was definitely a beautiful person in this world, and I'm sure she'll be missed. I know I will miss her! ❤️🌺❤️

F. Ward

March 15, 2018

"Please accept my sympathy as you mourn the passing of Mrs. Rich, this is never an easy event to bear. May you find comfort in the passages that have strengthened me during my times of loss, Psalm 94:19, Isaiah 25:8, and Revelation 21:4. We are not alone at times such a you are facing, neither are we without hope. You are in my prayers for solace at this time."

Erin Cote

March 14, 2018

I have two favorite memories with Francoise. The first was when Steve and Natalie were out of town and the twins had their high school formal that weekend. Francoise was staying with them, but I drove up from San Antonio to help them get ready for the dance and drive them to and from. During the 4-5 hours in between, Francoise and I passed the time talking about her passion for learning, art, and culture; dating and life advice for a college girl; politics; aging and knee replacements; and everything in between. :) We really bonded then and I am fond of that memory.

The second memory was the first time she met my husband. She didn’t know he was “attached” to me and I heard her exclaim, “Who does this handsome gentleman belong to?” She admired the fact that he was a tall fireman with a French last name. :) It made him feel really special and we always smile thinking about that memory.

Rest In Peace, Francoise. Your legacy lives on in your beautiful daughters and grandchildren!

FROM THE FAMILY