BETTY RANDALL

 RANDALL, Betty Jane, returned to her heavenly home on April 15, 2021, with family at her side. She was born Betty Jane Stewart on July 30, 1925, in Tiffin, Ohio, to parents Darl Ardra Stewart and Florence Fern Fox. The first home that Betty remembers was in Alliance, Ohio, with a tin roof. As a small child she was always terrified when it rained very hard as it made such a clatter. On Oct. 18, 1929, Betty rejoiced when her sister, Delores Mae was born. Alas, the sweet spirit that was Delores, succumbed to pneumonia on Feb. 9, 1930. Four months after her entry into this world, she flew back to her Father in Heaven, leaving Betty heartbroken. Betty’s family was again blessed on March 9, 1931, with her brother, Ralph Roman Stewart (deceased). All through school Betty was enthralled with music. She shared that love with everyone through chorus in middle school recitals and contests and then on to high school where Betty was the lead in several musicales and programs produced at her high school. Cincinnati radio held an amateur contest, and there, Betty won a 17-jewel gold watch. After high school Betty left quaint quiet Alliance, for the Big Apple where she studied for years under the tutelage of Estelle M. Liebling who pushed her toward the stage perhaps expecting her to follow her previous student, radio’s darling, Jessica Dragonette. Betty gave up the glitz, fame and fortune for a higher calling of marriage, home and family. She left NY and returned to Alliance, where she borrowed a neighbor’s bicycle and rode in a skirt and tennis shoes six miles to Taylor Aircraft to interview for a job. She slipped her tennis shoes off and put on heels to go in and looking up, she noticed the upper windows were full of smiling young draftsmen watching her. Betty secured a position there as a file secretary of the vault, which entailed withdrawing and returning rolled-up parchment blueprints for the draftsmen. Also working at Taylor Aircraft was a young draftsman, an aspiring aeronautical engineer, Robert Edward Randall. They were married on Aug. 4, 1946. They eventually brought forth four children: Judith Ann McDonough (Richard F.) of Ocala, Florida, John Robert Edward Randall (Valorie Anne) of Greeley, Colorado, James Darl Randall (deceased) and Jeanne Marie (Randal Alan Wills) of Tampa, Florida. The natural result of four children has been nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, Richard Patrick McDonough (deceased), (Sarah Retno) (deceased), Heather Leigh, (Earl Eugene Quigley), Jennifer Colleen, (Joshua Daniel Wolfe), Jonathan Ryan McDonough, Sean Phillip McDonough, (Lacey Elizabeth), Jessica Eileen, (Aaron James McConville), Joshua Scott Randall, Shira Rachel, (Benjamin Abraham Berger) and Alisa Lee Wills; great-grandchildren, Richard Arif (deceased), Nicole Retno, Rebecca Leigh, Rachel Faith, Micah Samuel, Abigail Einnen, Liam Richard Patrick, Fionn Albert, Ellieanna Rose, Patrick Merlin, Arthur Bennington, Charlotte Miriam. Betty’s whole life was dedicated to serving others through her music at church and in the community. She always reached out to the poor and those in need. Her amazing social skills remained intact until her death. She was always quick to say please and thank you. She would ask, “What can I fix for you to eat,” whenever someone arrived to visit. Throughout her life she was always happy for visitors, enjoying and entertaining them and would always ask them to come back. A beautiful life of service well lived. Online condolences may be sent at www.mullinsthompsonstafford.com. Mullins and Thompson Funeral Service, 1621 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Fredericksburg, VA 22401, 504-373-5842.