Jean A. French

Sep 15, 2016
Jean French

Lincolnville — Jean Alice (Lamkin) French died peacefully at her home during the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 9, 2016. She was 75.

Jean was born on Mother’s Day, May 11, 1941, in Augusta, and was the daughter of Roland and Katherine Lamkin. On June 8, 1963, Jean married the love of her life, Donald French, in a small church in Manchester.

Jean’s passion was teaching. She attended Farmington State Teachers College for three years, then went on to graduate from Ohio State University in 1963. She also earned her master’s degree in elementary education from Memphis State University. For 40 years, Jean worked as an elementary teacher, 29 of those years as a fourth-grade teacher in Milford, N.H.

Jean loved skiing, hiking, camping and reading. She also loved to spend time with her family, either down at the shore at their home in Lincolnville, or attending her grandchildren's soccer games.

Jean is survived by her loving husband, Don French; her two children, Michael French of Oakland, Calif., Jennifer Keating, and son-in-law, Morgan Keating, of Milford, N.H.; five grandchildren, Austin Martel, Gavin Martel, Ella Keating, Jordan Keating and Taylor Keating; sister Sue Quirion and brother-in-law Frank; nephew Tommy, and niece Wendy; brother Mark Lamkin and sister-in-law Linda; niece Sherrie and her husband, Chris, nephew Kyle and his wife, Amy, and Shawn and his wife, Ashley; as well as many great-nieces and -nephews, friends and fellow teachers. Jean was predeceased by her father and stepmother, Roland and Katherine Lamkin.

A church funeral was held Sept. 13 at the First Congregational Church in Camden followed by burial in French Cemetery in Lincolnville. Memorial gifts may be made to the Shields Mission Fund, c/o First Congregational Church UCC, 55 Elm St., Camden, ME 04843.

Condolences may be shared with the French family at Arrangements are with Long Funeral Home, Camden.

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