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Ellen Randall

May 11, 2014

Services will be Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the Dover Federated Church for Elizabeth Ellen Randall, 99, of Aldersgate Village, who died Sunday May 11th.  Visitation will be on Wednesday evening from 7:00 until 8:30 P.M. at the church.


Ellen was born March 21, 1915 northwest of Dover to Edwin and Ann Scott Sage.  Ellen attended Dover schools graduating from Dover Rural High School in 1932.  She attended Kansas Normal School in Emporia and Kansas State College in Manhattan.  She worked at the Supply Depot in Topeka during WWII.  She was a teacher and principal in Shawnee and Wabaunsee County rural schools during the 30’s and until her husband returned from WWII.  After that she and her husband worked together on a dairy farm until he became ill in 1959.  Mrs. Randall started working at Luce Press Clippings as a reader in November 1959.  She quickly progressed to Supervisor and then to Office Manager.  She continued to work for Luce until March 21, 2000 her 85th birthday.


Ellen was a member of the Rossville American Legion Auxiliary and the Rebekah and Eastern Star organizations.  She was a lifetime member of the Dover Federated Church where she was a member of the Board for several years.  She taught the Junior High Sunday School class at the church for many years.  Ellen was one of the founders of the Dover Community Foundation where she assisted in implementing a scholarship program for Dover Youth.  She was a supporter of the Dover 4-H Club where she served as co-leader for two years.


She was united in marriage to Scotty Randall on May 29, 1941 in Manhattan.  He died August 10, 1975 She was preceded in death by her parents and three older brothers, Roy, Harvey and Russell Sage.  Mrs. Randall was also preceded in death by a daughter, Rosalie Kay Randall on February 13, 1947.


The greatest part of her life however, was spent nurturing  and encouraging her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren how to live and how to love.  She was a proud member of the Greatest Generation and possessed all the qualities inherent in that group.


Survivors include two daughters, Dr. Cherie Randall and Becky (Cary) Standiferd all of Topeka; four grandchildren, Karalee Standiferd, Scott (Shawna) Mercer and Stephen (Traci) Mercer, all of Topeka and Ann (Charlie) Reed, Lawrence; eight great-grandchildren, Kelsea Nicole Watts, Nathan Daniel Mercer, Jordin Chase Applehanz, Logan Brian Applehanz and Nolan Ryan Mercer, all of Topeka and Aaron Kevin Reed, Ronald Charles (Chase) Reed III, and Isaac Albert Reed all of Lawrence.  She is also survived by many beloved nieces and nephews.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dover Federated Church, the Dover Community Foundation or TARC and sent in care of Piper Funeral Home, 714 Maple St, St. Marys, Kansas 66536.

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4 thoughts on “Ellen Randall

  1. What an interesting life Mrs. Randall had, the book she wrote about her life was wonderful. She hired me for work in 1971 we worked together until her retirement in 2000. She was super to work for and with but the best part is she became a true friend. We some fun trips and card games. I will remember her always. Arlene

  2. Aunt Ellen the last time I remember seeing you was at a mall in Topeka. I think that Becky was with you. We had a good time together. I will treasure that time forever. I am sorry that I cannot come for the funeral Cherie & Becky. Your family will be in our prayers.
    Love you all
    George Randal and family

  3. I remember visits (with my father) with Great Aunt Ellen very well, such a gentle and genuine lady who will be missed dearly. Peace, prayers and blessings to the entire family.

  4. Grandma Ellen, you were an inspiration and we feel truly blessed to have been able to be a part of your loving family. You truly made a huge impact on us and to many other people. You will always be in our hearts and will be truly missed! Love Scott, Shawna, Kelsea (Watts) and Nathan Mercer.

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