Frances A. Roach, 73, a former employe of the Democratic National Committee and a resident of the Washington area for about 40 years, died of cancer July 31 at the Washington Hospital Center.

Mrs. Roach, who lived in Bethesda, was born in Clarita, Okla. During World War II she served in the Women's Army Corps in England.

In the late 1940s, she moved to Washington and went to work for the DNC. She remained with the committee until the late 1950s, but she kept up her interest in Democratic matters for the rest of her life. She was active in the presidential campaigns of Adlai Stevenson, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson and she assisted her husband, William Neal Roach, an official of the DNC.

Mr. Roach died in 1979.

Survivors include four stepchildren, Louisa Menyhert of St. Petersburg Beach, Fla., Edith Buttinelli of Rockville, William N. Roach Jr. of Morgan City, La., and Edward Roach of Gainesville, Va.; a brother, Robert Arnold of Stillwater, Okla.; a sister, Eula Baker of Mount Lake Terrace, Wash., and 11 stepgrandchildren.

PHILIPPE LORRAIN, 63, a former actor, choreographer and set designer who was a retired radio editor with the Voice of America's French Africa branch, died of cancer July 31 at Sibley Memorial Hospital. He lived in Washington.

Mr. Lorrain was a native of Paris and served with the Free French Army in France and Germany near the end of World War II. He appeared in the 1945 French movie "Children of Paradise." He moved to this country and Washington in 1950.

From 1950 to 1957, he was a staff artist and set designer with NBC. He then was a free-lance photographer before joining the VOA full time in 1963. He retired in 1984.

Mr. Lorrain helped found the old La Marotte French theater in Washington in 1950s. He also helped choreograph fencing scenes for plays at Catholic University. In 1985 and 1986, he was a fencing coach at Walt Whitman High School. He was a volunteer with the American Film Institute.

Survivors include his wife, the former Jeanine Ventrillon, whom he married in 1952 and who lives in Washington; a daughter, Catherine Lorrain Hale of Chevy Chase; two sons, Christophe, of Washington, and Frederic, of Riverdale, and three grandchildren.

EVELYN JONES MONROE, 76, a chemistry, English and mathematics teacher at George Washington High School in Alexandria for 40 years before retiring in 1975, died of cancer Aug. 2 at Alexandria Hospital. She lived in Alexandria.

Mrs. Monroe was a native of Irvington, Va., and a graduate of Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg, Va. When she first moved to the Washington area in the early 1930s she was postmistress at the Mount Vernon estate of George Washington.

Her hobbies included gardening and painting. She had exhibited her paintings locally.

Her marriage to John W. Monroe Jr. ended in divorce. Survivors include a son, John W. III, of Flint Hill, Va.; two daughters, Sally Monroe Smith of Williamsburg and Jane Monroe Hedgecock of Richmond; a sister, Gladys Ashburn of Irvington; a brother, L. Beauchamp Jones of Richmond, and five grandchildren.

ELLA WESTERMAN REHM, 92, a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington who had been active with volunteer groups, died of cardiovascular arrest Aug. 2 at her home in Arlington.

She was a Red Cross Gray Lady at Walter Reed Army Medical Center during World War II and had been a member of the Dr. Kate W. Barrett Circle of the old Florence Crittenton Home. Mrs. Rehm, a native of Fort Wayne, Ind., had lived here since 1941. She had accompanied her husband, William F. Rehm, now a retired Army colonel, to posts in this country and Germany.

In addition to her husband, of Arlington, survivors include a son, Donald H., of Williamsburg; a daughter, Marjorie Rehm Nohowel of Bethesda; a brother, Robert Westerman, and three sisters, Lydia Vogelsang, Hilda Kramer and Mildred Reitz, all of Fort Wayne; seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.