Territorial Women's Memorial Rose Garden
ORA TOWNSEND COLEMAN FRENCH

Ora was born April 19, 1870, on Ash Creek near Orme Ranch School. Her father was John B. Townsend, who was killed by Apaches at Dripping Springs east of Mayer when she was three years old. She married James Coleman on April 19, 1890, and divorced him on January 24, 1893.

Ora married Charles Albert French, a stonemason and stage driver, on December 10, 1893, and he adopted her son Norman. She had another son Albert Francis French (1895) and daughters Eva May Bell (Mrs. Virgil) Cromb (1894) and Carrie Elizabeth (Mrs. Frank) Burns (1898).

Ora belonged to the Methodist Church and the Pythian Sisters. She organized "500" games at home and with friends. "Through sickness and health, adversity and good times, she was cheerful and jolly, exhibiting great love for her family and life generally," her eulogy read. Her husband died on January 30, 1946.

Ora died on November 12, 1961, in the Arizona Pioneers' Home and was buried in the Arizona Pioneers' Cemetery.

Ora's mother, Elizabeth Townsend, and her sister, Clara Vroom, are also represented in the Rose Garden.


Donor: Eva Cromb



Additional documentation and photographs may be available in the Sharlot Hall Museum Archives and Library.