Dr. Ellen Brown French, wife of deceased C.E. French, went to her heavenly reward on July 22, 2017, in Rome, Georgia.
Born in Mountain Home, Idaho, on December 6, 1918, she became a Christian at the age of eight, felt a call to India by the age of 10, and received the baptism of the Holy Spirit at 11.
Ever the zealous student, Ellen received a B.A. degree from Southern California College, an M.A. from Butler University in Indianapolis, and just before her 60th birthday, was granted her doctorate in English from the University of Tennessee, Murfreesboro.
In the earlier years after organizing a Christian elementary school in Greenville, Indiana, and serving as its administrator, she taught in the Language Arts Department of Lee College from 1976 to 1990, retiring as Professor Emeritus.
Ellen and C.E. served as pastors in New Mexico and Missouri. The couple served as overseer of Puerto Rico, as well as missionaries in India (where she worked with lepers), Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Peru. She also served as the first executive secretary of the national Ladies Willing Worker Band (Women’s Ministries) that was established by the Church of God in 1964.
The Frenches are survived by three sons: David Elwood, Samuel Dale, and Gordon Talmadge.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 30, 2017 at 1 pm at the Dixon Chapel of the North Cleveland Church of God in Cleveland Tennessee.