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Renza “Reni” Lynn FrenchPassing: September 19, 2023


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Monday, September 25th @ 10:30am


Chastain Funeral Home

Sunday, September 24th @ 2:00pm-6:00pm

Monday, September 25th @ 9:30am-10:30am


Mitchell Cemetery

Monday, September 25th

Renza “Reni” Lynn French, 56, passed away Tuesday, September 19, 2023, at Pensacola Sacred Heart Hospital, surrounded by family and loved ones.

Born March 30, 1967, to Jamie Leigh Chastain and Danny Keith Terrell. Reni grew up and raised her daughter in Mitchell, IN. She was so full of life and had never met a stranger. She played basketball for the Mitchell Blue Jackets, graduating in 1985. Reni has always loved sports, playing cards, and participating in poker tournaments. She played softball, basketball, and participated in several bowling leagues over the years. After finding the love of her life, Frenchie, in 2005; Reni relocated to Bloomington, IN and acquired four more children that she loved as her own. Her biggest passion in life was being surrounded by her family and traveling all over the world. 

She loved working as an Uber, Lyft, and personal driver under the name “Reni’s Rides” for a multitude of families in the Bloomington/Indiana University area. Her riders became a part of her family. There was never silence in Reni’s car, they all felt as if they knew her all along; like her family.

Surviving is her father, Dan Terrell; husband, John “Chris/Frenchie” French; children, Kayla (Aaron) Eaker, Brandon (Maxine) French, Addison (Keith) Langley, Lucy (Austin Clement) French, and Peyton French; grandchildren, Arie and Kaden Eaker, Halle Mae Langley, and Camden French; siblings, Daniel “Dee” Terrell, Micah Terrell, Zach (Lindsey) Terrell, Isaac (Charity) Terrell, Kelsey (Joe) Schmitz.

Her mother: Jamie Leigh Chastain; grandparents: Floyd “Peck” Terrell, Rosemary Terrell, Bud Chastain, and Dottie Chastain; and nephew: Andrew Terrell preceded her in death. 

Funeral service will be held Monday, September 25th, at 10:30 a.m. at Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center, followed by burial at Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Sunday, and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday at the funeral home.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.chastainfuneralhome.com

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20 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Cathy Blackwell | Williams, IN 47470
    Date: September 24, 2023
    So sorry about the loss of Reni. I will be thinking of the family and sending prayers.
  2. Guest: Beverly Chastain | Fort Myers Florida
    Date: September 23, 2023
    Awesome sister in law for 19 yrs she gave us a beautiful neice we had lots of fun together
  3. Guest: Elaine Shoults Raeburn | Escondido California
    Date: September 22, 2023
    I am so saddened by your loss! My condolences Dan. I will be thinking of you as the next few days will be difficult. Sending my love and prayers
  4. Guest: Pami Arthur | Bedford, In
    Date: September 22, 2023
    I played basketball with her in jr high, she was just always the sweetest person. I hadn’t seen her in years but yet I know the world was a better place with her in it. Prayers for her family and her friends..
  5. Guest: Pami Arthur | Bedford, In
    Date: September 22, 2023
    I played basketball with her in jr high, she was just always the sweetest person. I hadn’t seen her in years but yet I know the world was a better place with her in it. Prayers for her family and her friends.
  6. Guest: Susan Mathet | Indianapolis, IN
    Date: September 22, 2023
    Dee, Micah, Pam & Cindy, I am so sorry for the loss of your sister and niece. Reni was always happy, smiling and talking to everyone All of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Susie
  7. Guest: Debby Knight Dobson | Lebanon Tn
    Date: September 22, 2023
    Reni You were an inspiration to the whole world. You were full of faith,courage,and strong!Wishing you farewell in your journey to eternity. You’ll never be forgotten. Rest in peace, dear friend. Renis family So sorry for your loss ya'll are in my thoughts and prayers.Hope you have some comfort knowing she is flying with the Amgels now.She will missed🌹❤
  8. Guest: Tamara Kucera (Foster) | Sumner, WA
    Date: September 22, 2023
    Condolences to family and friends of Reni. Reni was always a bubbly friendly person. We went to school together and graduated HS same year. My twin sister and I were on the same softball team when we were young kids with Reni. I’m so sorry to learn of her passing.
  9. Guest: Susan Marlman | Salem
    Date: September 21, 2023
    My condolences to the family. I was in the same class and good friends with Dee. So sorry to hear this.
  10. Guest: Pat (Routh) Brajnikoff | Pflugerville, TX
    Date: September 21, 2023
    I am so sorry Dan. You and your family will be in my prayers, truly.
  11. Guest: Lisa | Bedford, In
    Date: September 21, 2023
    I'm sorry for your loss. Reni was a kind hearted lady.
  12. Guest: Wendy Reef | Bedford
    Date: September 21, 2023
    Kayla, I'm so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family at this time. Wendy
  13. Guest: Suzi Connell Wilson | Bedford, IN
    Date: September 21, 2023
    I am so very sorry. She was always great company and full of joy. My sincere condolences.
  14. Guest: Kristen Kearby | French Lick Indiana
    Date: September 21, 2023
    Rena and I had a lot of good discussions on our breaks. She was so funny and talked about her family all the time. I know she loved them whole heartedly. Even though I lost touch with her after she left the Casino, I'll never forget her. My thoughts and prayers go to all of her friends and family and hope you can find comfort in each other and your memories.
  15. Guest: Anita Holt Browne | Savannah GA
    Date: September 21, 2023
    Danny , so sorry to hear about your daughter.I remember Rosie always bragging on her . Reni Was so sweet . Reni was a blessing to many people.. so sorry for your lose. Anita Holt Browne(Mary and Menlo Holt daughter)
  16. Guest: Lisa (Passmore) Zaragoza | Florida
    Date: September 21, 2023
    Sending love and prayers to her family. Rena was such a sweet caring person. Went to school and softball her. God hold you all in his love.
  17. Guest: Bobbetta Robertson | Mitchell IN
    Date: September 21, 2023
    Worked with her and knew her dad
  18. Guest: Mike n Rita Ramey | Bedford, IN
    Date: September 21, 2023
    Such a sad end to Reni’s life. Our prayers go out to all of you at this time. Mike n Rita Ramey
  19. Guest: Elaine( Korki tincher) Lagenour | Bedford ind
    Date: September 21, 2023
  20. Guest: Keely Thomas | Grove City OH
    Date: September 21, 2023
    My condolences to the family! I knew Reni for years and use to live close by the Chastains way back in the day. Reni was such a joy to be around… always laughing and just had a great personality and smile. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all!