WATERTOWN — Donna French, 72, of Watertown, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2018, at Jenkins Living Center.
Memorial service will be 2 p.m., Thursday, December 6, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Watertown. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.
Donna Jean French was born December 15, 1945, in Huron to Hike and Evelyn (Phillips) Bruins. She grew up on her aunt and uncle’s farm near Bonilla, graduating from Bonilla High School in 1964. Donna married her high school sweetheart, Gary French November 27, 1964. Through the years the couple made their home in Aberdeen, Hecla, Columbia, Clear Lake and retired in Watertown. Donna had been a part-time bookkeeper for several companies and also worked in a floral shop.
Donna was a huge Vikings fan and had so much fun cheering for the game and getting all dressed up in purple and gold with such pride for the Vikings. Donna was a big fan of Elvis Presley and enjoyed watching many of his impersonators. She had a dedicated room full of Elvis memorabilia that her family and friends helped her collect. She loved taking care of her grandsons, camping, fishing, boating, and she was also a Nascar (Dale Earnhardt Jr.) enthusiast.
Donna went to Arizona for the past several years during the winter months.
She was a member of the First Congregational United Church of Christ and womans fellowship.
Grateful for having shared in Donna’s life and who will be immensely missing her are her husband, the love of her life, Gary French; her children, Gina (Bryan) French of Maplewood, Minn., Brenda (James) Purdy of Hudson, Wisc., and Teresa (Travis) Eastman of Dell Rapids; grandsons, Preston and Landon Purdy, Kaeden, Treyse and Drake Eastman; sister-in-law, Anita Rawstern; stepbrother, Scott Meyer.
Preceding Donna in death were her parents; her Aunt Ann and Uncle Bob Rawstern; one brother, Robert Rawstern; and two brothers-in-law, Ron French and Jim French.
Arrangements by Wight & Comes Funeral Chapel in Watertown.