Edith “Rennie” Reynolds Darnell

Coronado resident Rennie Darnell passed away peacefully in her home Dec. 29, 2021.

Rennie was the third child in a large family of six children of Katherine and Commander Alden Adams. Growing up in a Navy family with a father serving in submarines, they moved frequently between Coronado and Groton, Connecticut.

Rennie graduated from Coronado High School in 1966. She had arrived for her senior year from Mystic Connecticut, where she was a varsity cheerleader. She was both a Brownie and Girl Scout in her early years and excelled in art.

After high school, Rennie graduated from San Diego State College. She worked for both the Postal Service in San Diego and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). During her time with the DMV, Rennie learned to drive big semi rigs and became fluent in Spanish. In 1981, Rennie moved to Sacramento and had a career in transportation planning with the State of California Department of Transportation. As a transportation planner, Rennie worked in the bicycle and rail programs and eventually became the director of Mass Transportation. Rennie liked to spend her free time cycling, skiing and getting together with friends and family. She had a great love for animals and was a long time member of both the Sacramento Zoo and the San Diego Zoological Society.

Rennie retired from the State and moved from Sacramento to Coronado when she married her high school boyfriend, John Darnell. John passed away in January 2001. Rennie stayed in Coronado and married Coronado resident Rick Odiorne in a traditional Tahitian ceremony on the island of Mo’orea on March 20, 2013. They lived in Coronado and enjoyed traveling to Hawaii, Mexico, South Africa and Europe, including boat trips in France and cruise ships in the Mediterranean Sea. They also enjoyed being long time Coronado Yacht Club members, taking their private boat to Catalina Island and skied every winter at their cabin in Lake Tahoe.

Rennie is survived by her husband Richard Odiorne and his children Katherine and Scott and their children. She is also survived by her brothers Buzz Adams, Audy Adams and sisters Kathrine Burdick, Christie Hausman and Lucie Adams and their children and grandchildren.

A celebration of life will be planned for a future date.

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