Eulalia Kemper French passed away peacefully on March 24, 2021 in Boulder, Colorado. While we are saddened to see her go, she will always be remembered for her love of family and her unshakable faith. She was a loving mother and grandmother. Her love extended to her multiple siblings and all of their families, as well.
She was born Eulalia Irene Kemper on July 28, 1933 in Purcellville, Virginia to Harry Bruce Kemper and Helen Elizabeth (Ritchie) Kemper. She was preceded in death by both parents. Lalia was one of eight children and was preceded in death by five of her siblings, Harry Kemper, Jr., Robert Kemper, Dorothy Kemper, James Kemper, and Helen Runion.
She leaves behind her children Scott French (Valerie) and Tracy French, grandchildren David French, Nicole Sittner and Julia Sittner. She has two remaining siblings, Lillie “Sis” Payne and John Kemper, multiple in-laws, and many nieces and nephews. While the family scattered over the years, Lalia held everyone dear in her heart.
Lalia and her siblings grew up on the family farm in Virginia. After high school, she went to nearby D.C. and worked for the federal government. While married and raising a family, Lalia moved to Arizona and later Colorado. In Arizona she began a lifelong friendship with Marie Moore and Carolyn Camiano. They were friends to the end. She remained great friends with Arthur French after their divorce. This gave their children a wonderful feeling of security during that difficult time.
Lalia worked for many years at NOAA in Boulder. After her retirement, she focused mainly on family and church but took the time to enjoy an Alaskan cruise and a trip to Israel. She was a great animal lover and if you knew Lalia for only five minutes, you would know that her favorite color was green, matching her eyes. She was always generous. In later years, if someone gave her a gift card, that money would almost always be spent on her kids or grandkids. She was a sympathetic listener. One of her nieces remembers Lalia understanding how having a little sister could be very difficult at times. As a middle child, she could relate to any situation with a sibling.
She leaves a hole in our hearts that we can strive to fill with the same love, loyalty, and kindness that she gave to others. Great appreciation goes to Compassionate Hospice and the staff at Manor Care for taking such wonderful care of Lalia during her final days. We will miss her greatly.
Plans for a memorial service via Zoom will be planned for a later date. Please check back for details as they become available.
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