September 4, 1923 – December 3, 2012
Lelah Ruth (Bedford) Randall, age 89 of Unionville, Missouri went to be with the Lord on Monday, December 03, 2012 at Putnam County Care Center in Unionville, Missouri.
She was born September 4, 1923 to Vernetta June (Sproull) and James Garrett Bedford in Waynesville, Missouri. Lelah was born into a family of nine children, one dying at birth and four half siblings.
As a young girl, Lelah was raised in the Rockville, Missouri area. As an early teen, she accepted Christ as her Savior and was baptized in the creek near Round Prairie Baptist Church. In 1940, Lelah was the first in her family to graduate high school at Deepwater Missouri, at the age of sixteen.
In 1942 she met Rodney Randall, a young farmer from Lowry City, Missouri. After a long courtship of six weeks, they were married on June 21, 1942 in Butler, Missouri. Four children were born to this union, James Rodney, Linda Lee, Janet Sue, and Timothy Joel. The year 1942 was the beginning of seventy years of adventures the two would enjoy together. The young couple started farming in the Appleton City area. Rodney was called to the service, so Lelah went with him, stationed at Champaign, Illinois and Wheatland, California, Wichita Falls and San Antonio, Texas. After three months of marriage, World War II would bring the only separation the two would endure. When Rodney went overseas to India, Lelah lived in Appleton City and Clinton, Missouri with family. Returning from the war, they farmed in the Higginsville, Missouri area. The two operated the Randall Country Store, south of Higginsville on Highway 13, while raising three children. Having learned the carpentry trade, Rodney built Lelah her first new home in Blue Springs, Missouri, only to set out for new adventures in the territory of Alaska. Joining Lelah’s brother Charles and wife Verna, stationed at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, they enjoyed hunting and fishing trips and panning for gold. Rodney worked as a motor pool mechanic while Lelah worked at the hospital. They worshipped on Sunday at the Mt. View Baptist Church. After six months, Lelah was homesick, and they returned to Missouri in December, 1953. Buying a farm thirteen miles southwest of Higginsville, they embarked on raising five thousand chickens, collecting eggs twice a day. Lelah and children would keep the farm running as Rodney commuted to Kansas City to work as a carpenter.
When they decided to retire, they bought acreage at the east edge of Unionville, Missouri and Rodney designed and built her last new home. They would enjoy this for 30 plus years. Lelah joined a neighborhood quilting club. Her quilting brought her much enjoyment. It was hard for her to leave this home, but her final years were spent in their little cottage in Exline, Iowa where she was welcomed by many new friends. In her final three years, she hand-pieced thirty plus quilt tops; she loved showing the quilts she had made. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Unionville, and faithfully attended. Lelah also attended Parkview Church of Christ and Exline Church of Christ in her final years.
Lelah’s health declined in the last few months and when she left this world, she left a legacy of children and grandchildren, many of which are dedicated to the Lord’s service.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernetta and James G. Bedford of Appleton City Missouri; brothers Leland (at birth), Roy Bedford and Thompson Bedford of Appleton City Missouri, Everett Bedford of Harrisonville, Missouri and Lloyd Bedford of Higginsville, Missouri; two sisters, Mata Langdon of Higginsville, Missouri and Minnie Smith of Appleton City, Missouri; a grandson John Randall; and a great grandson, Landon Randall.
She is survived by her devoted husband Rodney of Unionville, Missouri; children, Jim Randall and wife Patsy of Versailles, Missouri, Linda Spence and husband Terry of Unionville, Missouri, Janet Denton and husband Roger of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, Tim Randall and wife Georgia of Clinton, Missouri; thirteen grandchildren; twenty five great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren; one brother, Charles Bedford of Liberty, Missouri; one sister-in-law, Wilma Bedford of Harrisonville, Missouri; and a host of nieces and nephews; many friends; as well as countless brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Funeral services will be held 11 AM, Thursday, December 6, 2012 at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville with Pastor Denny Daum officiating. A visitation will be held Wednesday at Lange Funeral Home from 10 AM-8 PM, with the family present from 6-8 PM. A visitation will also be held on Thursday at Lange Funeral Home from 10-11 AM. Burial will take place Friday morning at the Lowry City Cemetery in Lowry, Missouri. Memorials have been established to either the Show-Me Christian Youth Home of La Monte, Missouri or the Deaf Missions and may be given to Lange Funeral Home and Crematory, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at www.langefh.com.Information provided by: Lange Funeral Home 1900 South 18th Street Centerville, IA 52544 www.langefh.com