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

Doris married Robert P. French Nov. 19, 1943, at Camp Wolters, Texas. They lived in Monterey, Calif., Minneapolis, Madison, Wis., and Rochester, before retiring to Faribault.

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, Robert “Mike” (Ann) French of Stewartville, and Vicki Marie (John Robinson) French of Burnsville; also, by her grandchildren, Vance A. Howe, Tania L. Meyers, Analisa F. Perkins, Autumn McNally, and 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 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at Faribault Church of Christ, 937 Ninth Ave. SW, Faribault, with visitation for one hour before the service. Interment will be at a later date at Maple Lawn Cemetery, Faribault.

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

Arrangements are being completed by the Parker Kohl Funeral Home and Crematory of Faribault.

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