Phyllis Elizabeth French

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Phyllis Elizabeth French, 63, passed away on Aug. 19, 2018, in Lubbock, Texas.

Born into an Army family at Fort Benning, GA, Phyllis moved often throughout her childhood but the Bay Area was home. She graduated from San Marin High School in 1971. She attended San Diego State University where she met Robert French and they married in 1975. 

Phyllis graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a BA in Early Childhood Education in 1991. She was a teacher in the Northside Independent School District for more than 20 years and was named Teacher of the Year at Steubing Elementary in 2004-2005.

Phyllis is survived by her two daughters and son-in-law, Katie McDonald of Dallas, and Emily and Trent Murphree of Lubbock, and five grandchildren; Maddie, Caroline and Brendan McDonald; and Ella and Cole Murphree. She is also survived by her sister and brother-in-law, Debbie and Tom Crowell of Gilbert, AZ. She is preceded in death by her parents, Col. William M. and Frances Cole, and her beloved husband of 40 years, Robert French.

A memorial service will be held at Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home on Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. 111 Rosewood Ave. Boerne, Texas 78006



In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made in Phyllis’ memory to Bible Study Fellowship at 


13 thoughts on “Phyllis Elizabeth French”

  1. Wendy and Jim Stanley

    No words can express the heartbreak we feel. May you all be comforted by your precious memories of a wonderful woman and may God hold you in the palm of this hand

  2. Rudy and Virginia

    My Heart felt Condolences to you and your loved ones. May God grant you the strength and peace through this difficult time.

  3. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Phyllis was our neighbor and friend for many years, and she will be sorely missed.

  4. Your family is in my prayers. I am very saddened to hear of your Mom passing away. I worked with her in NISD. Phyllis was a blessing to all that crossed paths with her. She touched many lives. Again you all are in my prayers with deepest condolence. ❤️????

  5. Taffy, Skip, Bill and Jane French

    We lost a beautiful sister in law and have enjoyed knowing her for the past 46 years. She was such a wonderful person and what a blessing she was to marry into our family. No words can describe how sad we are for you Katie and Emily. We all love you so much and are with you in spirit always. Wish we could have been there for the memorial this weekend. Our prayers are with you ??

  6. Pauline Cornforth

    I am so sorry for your loss! Phyllis was such a blessing, such a good friend and the world’s best math specialist! I loved your Mom and Dad, and know how lost you’ll be without Mom and Grandma. She loved her family so much. Treasure your sweet memories and I pray they will comfort your aching hearts.

  7. Melanie Bartoskewit

    Phyllis was such a dear sweet lady and an excellent teacher with a heart of gold! She will be dearly missed❤️ Emily, Katie and their families are in my prayers.

  8. Phyllis and I taught together our first year at Steubing Elementary. She was a fabulous teacher. a wonderful colleague, and a great friend. I will miss her. Eternal rest grant into her O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon her. May she rest in peace. Amen. My deepest and most sincere condolences to Phyllis’ family.

  9. Dear Emily, Katie, Debbie and your whole family. Your slide-show memorial was so wonderful…your sorrow is mine, Nancy Frankiewicz-Shultz. (My sister is Sue Frankiewicz-Nielson). But you know? I just can’t stop crying.

  10. Phyllis was my neighbor here in Lubbock. I only knew her a short time but recognized her warmth and generosity when she quickly volunteered to help provide a meal for one of our neighbors who was having surgery. Praying for your comfort and the expectancy of being with your mother and grandmother again one day.

  11. I’m shocked to have just found out that Phyllis had passed away.
    I had recently talked to her on the phone consoling her over the loss of her husband.
    She was beautiful and a wonderful human being.
    I remember her back in the 70’s living next door to me in San Marin.
    My condolences to her family
    Such a wonderful beautiful woman who left this world way to soon.

    Don Dressel

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