Françoise M. Rich
September 13, 1940 – March 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.
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd
Françoise M. Rich
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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.
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! ❤️🌺❤️
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."
March 15, 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!