Joyce Marie Bierens French was born in Kalamazoo on August 25, 1932 to Cornelius W. Bierens Jr. of Kalamazoo and Janet M. Dornbos of Grand Haven. She moved to Grand Rapids at age 7, graduated from Grand Rapids Christian High School in 1950, attended Calvin College and graduated from Hope College in 1954 where she was a member of Sigma Sigma sorority. She was a member of Central Reformed Church while growing up and Mayflower Congregational Church later in life. Joyce worked as a social worker at Butterworth and Blodgett Hospitals and at D.A. Blodgett Homes for Children. In 1961, she married O.Nathan French. She is survived by her husband, sons Reginald S. (Jane) and William C. (Jennifer Dawson) and grandchildren Allison, Madeleine, Grace, Emily and Liam. Joyce was an early member of the Grand Rapids Ski Club where she passed her love of skiing on to her family. She was also a member of the Alexander Campbell Guild at Blodgett Hospital, the Child Haven Guild and the Priscilla Circle at Mayflower CC. She helped Nate start and run the family business and did an exceptional job keeping the books. Spending time at the family cottage with friends and family brought her great joy. Memorial contributions can be made to the Grand Rapids Community Foundation Fund for Community Good. Her memorial service will be held at Mayflower Congregational Church, 2345 Robinson Rd SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506 on Friday June 21, 2019 at 11 am. There will be a visitation for friends and family 1 hour before the service and a light lunch immediately following.
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Grand Rapids Community Foundation
185 Oakes St. S.W., Grand Rapids MI 49503