Lora A. French
1905 – 2010
LISBON FALLS — Lora A. French, 105, of Maple Street, Lisbon Falls, with her family by her side, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, March 2.
She was born in Webster, Jan. 23, 1905, the daughter of Francois and Azilda LaChapelle and during her growing up years, she was educated in Bowdoin and Topsham schools. As a young woman, she was employed as a house mother at Wheaton College for girls in Massachusetts.
On Jan. 23, 1926, she married William (Bill) M. French in Lisbon Falls and they settled there to share their life together, raising three daughters over the years. She was employed as a mender in local mills and ran her own business as a seamstress for more than 30 years. Very creative and artistic, she loved to sketch and draw. Sewing, gardening, reading, knitting, crocheting and braiding rugs were her favorite pastimes. She had a great desire to learn and read passionately to that end. She often asked family to research information for her on the computer. Dear to her heart was her extended family.
For approximately 15 years, after retirement, she and her husband joined the snowbirds traveling to Florida, to escape the harsh winters. They made many new friends and broadened their horizons.
She was a member of Shiloh Chapel and her faith was her strength throughout her life. She enjoyed reading and studying her Bible. Her faith was the greatest gift she gave to her family.
At the age of 100 years, she was presented the Boston Post Cane award as Lisbon’s oldest citizen. Throughout her remarkable journey she saw many changes which she took well in stride.
She is survived by her two daughters, Carol Rodzen and husband, Hillman and Ruth Ancona and her husband, Vito, all of Lisbon Falls; eight grandchildren, Brian Rodzen and family of Auburn, Lisa Rodzen of Topsham, Troy Anconca and family of Durham, Traci Ancona of Lisbon Falls, Jan Carr and family of New Hampshire, Mark Drown and family of Massachusetts, Scott Drown and family of Leeds and Kim Cave and husband of Massachusetts; 13 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one sister, Florence Dinsmore of Auburn; and many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by five brothers; four sisters; her daughter, Clara M. Drown in 1960; and her husband, Bill in 1986.
Words cannot express the love and gratitude we have for all those who walked this end of life journey with us. Our volunteers Connie and Marie from AHCH made her days happier and more comfortable, the very, very special caregivers whom she came to love and the AHCH nurses and PCA’s whose care and support allowed her to stay at home, which was her greatest desire. There are caregivers and PCA’s who will never be forgotten. You all know who you are! Visits from Pastor Ron Parker and family, Pearl’s weekly faithful visits, those who brought the Lords supper and LFBC, all brightened her days. Special mention goes to EIM, Dr. Inger, Dr. Austin and staff at the Hospice House who cared for, counseled, supported, comforted and treated Lora and her family with respect and dignity. Thank you for the visits from friends and family, the lovely cards, those who brought delicious meals to nourish us and most of all the PRAYERS that sustained us. We couldn’t have done it without each one of you. God bless you all.