Mary Elizabeth Deyoe French

1918

 

     

        Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Deyoe French, wife of Dr. Walter Wright French, was born in the town of Wilton , Saratoga county, state of New York , Oct. 7, 1843. Died June 22, 1918, on Missionary ridge . Buried in the “officers’ plot,” National cemetery, June 24, 1918.

          She was given a liberal education, began teaching school at the age of 16, and taught academics until she was 21, when she married, Oct. 6, 1864, living on a farm until 1868, when they moved to Saratoga Springs , N. Y. In 1876 they moved to Ballston Spa, N. Y., until August, 1890, when they moved to Chattanooga , till September, 1894, when they moved to Missionary ridge , where they have continuously lived. Four children were given them, Lora Mae, Martin Luther, Howard Walton and Mary Lydia.

          Mrs. French was a very studious woman, studied German and French, besides being very devoted to her husband and children, assisting them in their lessons. In the early part of the 80’s she began the study of medical electricity under the tutelage of Dr. A. D. Rockwell, of New York City . She was of great assistance to her husband in his profession and has worked with other physicians in this city until 1905, when her health failed and she gave up practice. She was very successful in her work.

          In 1876 she and her husband and children associated themselves with the Episcopal church at Ballston Spa, N. Y. She has been a devoted and faithful follower of the “ Living Church ,” constant reader of the Bible and common prayer book.

          She was known as charitable and helpful to the poor and unfortunate and beloved by all who knew her. She is survived by her husband, W. W. French, and daughter, Mrs. Lora French Jenks, of Seattle , Wash. , and a grandson, Frank Howard Russell, now in the United States Marine corps.

          She will be buried in the officers’ plot, National cemetery, June 24, according to the ritual of the W. R. C. by its members, of which she was one. No other services. Friends are invited to be present at 2:30 p.m. Those who desire to view the remains can do so at Harry Chapman’s funeral parlors between the hours of 12:30 and 1:30 p.m.

The Chattanooga Daily Times, Monday, June 24, 1918.