July 03, 1946 – October 07, 2018

Rose Ellen French, 72, of Effingham, Illinois passed away at 5:30 p.m., Sunday, October 7, 2018, at HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, Illinois.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Rose, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, October 12, 2018, at the Southside Baptist Church 2308 South Veterans Drive Effingham, Illinois 62448, with Lucas Shelley officiating. Burial will be in the Bailey Cemetery in rural Latona, Illinois. Visitation will be held 1 hour before the service. In loving memory of Rose, memorials may be made to the family. Arrangements are under care of the Meyer Funeral Home in Dieterich, Illinois. The obituary can be viewed and condolences left at www.meyerfh.com.

Rose was born on July 3, 1946, in Jasper County, Illinois, the daughter of Walter and Maggie (Bailey) Jones. She married Ronald French and he preceded her in death in 1985. Rose retired from Crossroad Press after many years of service. She enjoyed crocheting, gardening, raising flowers and making 3-D paper crafts.

Rose is survived by her daughter, Lacey Renne French of Effingham; step-son, Rob French of Altamont; granddaughter, Monica French of Effingham; eleven step-grandchildren; two step, great-grandchildren; sister, Lorna (Bennett) Wilkins of Decatur; brother, John “Butch” (Cindy) Blackwell of Decatur.

Rose was preceded in death by her parents, husband, step sons Ronald “Ronnie” French, Jr. and Richard French.