Frances R. French (nee Nusbaum), of Armonk, N.Y., devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away Friday, August 30, 2019, after a three-year battle with lung cancer. She was born September 25, 1937, in New York City to Ben and Mary Nusbaum. A 1955 graduate of New Rochelle High School, Fran trained at the Albany Medical Center School of Nursing and was Assistant Head Nurse for Pediatrics at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York before returning to Albany as supervisor of nursing students. In 1975 she moved to Armonk where she would live for the remainder of her life.
Fran dedicated countless hours to her community, serving in leadership positions in the Byram Hills Parent Teachers Association, the Armonk Lions Club (of which she was at one time president), North Castle Cares, and the community volunteer emergency response effort NC4. She also founded one of the first support groups for parents in Westchester County.
Returning to her nursing career after her children were older, Fran continued her life-long commitment to working with children in the Byram Hills, Blind Brook, and Chappaqua School Districts.
Fran was preceded in death by her husband Benjamin I. French, Jr., and her beloved parents. She is survived by her loving children Peter Roff of Alexandria, Va., and Debbie Falcone (Pete) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; her grandchildren Alex, Miriam, Thatcher, and Samuel Roff, and Nicholas and Lucas Falcone; her sister Amy Schoen (Manfred) of Rye Brook, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews across generations, and her steadfast friend and companion Jim Northrup.
Fran will be interred at a graveside service at the Kensico Cemetery, 273 Lakeview Avenue, Valhalla, N.Y., on Sunday, September 8, 2019, at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers or charitable contributions, the family asks those who wish to honor her memory do something nice for another person, perhaps a stranger, specifically with Fran in mind. She was a very giving person and it would please her very much.