Becky French, 70

Becky J. French, 70, North Manchester, passed away at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, at her residence.

Born Oct. 14, 1942 in Wabash County, she was the daughter of Frank and Mary Sophia Renicker Frantz.  On Jan. 7, 1961 at the North Manchester United Methodist Church, she was married to Lonnie French, and he survives.

She attended the West Eel River Church near Silver Lake.  She enjoyed landscaping, gardening, and being outdoors. 

Survivors include two children, Tyanna Barefoot, Port Lavaca, Texas; and Dane Alonzo French, Houston, Texas; three sisters, Doris Shambarger, North Manchester; Eileen Sampson, Fort Myers, Fla.; and Virginia Skiles, Flora, Ind.; one brother, Joe Frantaz, Laketon.  A proud grandmother, she is survived by two grandchildren serving in the United States Air Force: Thorton Barefoot, serving Midwest City, Okla.; and Ember Miller and husband Steven, both serving in Colorado Springs, Colo., in addition to two other grandchildren, Brandi French and Tyler French, both of Port Lavaca, Texas and four great grandchildren.  Becky also leaves behind many special friends including Marietta Steele, and Phyllis Venhecamp, both of North Manchester and her special canine companion, Tanzy, a miniature black schnauzer. 

A memorial gathering and benefit will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at West Eel River Church near Silver Lake.

McClain Funeral Home of Denver, Indiana has been entrusted with arrangements.  The online guestbook can be signed at

Posted on 2013 Apr 08