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Doris E. French

September 30, 1922 ~ June 10, 2019 (age 96)

Doris Eileen (Heitz) French was born September 30, 1922 in Butler Township, DeKalb County, Indiana to Byrl Lee Heitz and Una (Litsey) Heitz.  She passed away June 10, 2019 at the age of 96.

Doris married Robert P French November 19, 1943 at Camp Wolters, TX. They lived in Monterey, CA, Minneapolis, MN, Madison, WI and Rochester, MN before retiring to Faribault, MN.

Doris was preceded in death by her husband Robert “Bob” Perkins French, her parents, her brother Dale H Heitz and two daughters, Kathleen Ann (French) Balmaseda and Carol Ann French. 

She will be missed by her children, Margaret “Peggy” (Del) Howe of Ramsey, MN, Robert “Mike” (Ann) French of Stewartville, Vicki Marie (John Robinson) French of Burnsville. Also, by her grandchildren, Vance A Howe, Tania L Meyers, Analisa F Perkins, Autumn McNally, Cody O French, and by her great grandchildren, Elizabeth and Samantha Meyers, Macy McNally, Ian Perkins, and Anthony Schultz.

Doris was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ and opened her home to many Bible college students and missionaries who needed a place to stay. Doris and Bob spent many vacations tracing their family history across the country and helped many others find their roots through volunteering at the Rice County Historical Society.  Her many friends will remember her for her gentle caring spirit and generosity.

Memorial service will be at Faribault Church of Christ, 937 9th Ave SW, Faribault, at 11:00am with visitation for one hour before the service on Saturday, June 15, 2019.  Interment will be at a later date at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault, MN.

Memorials can go to Faribault Church of Christ or Pine Haven Christian Assembly.

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