OBITUARY - VELMA M. (BLACK) RANDOLPH
Velma M. RANDOLPH, age 85, the daughter of Edwin and Lillie (GRAHAM) BLACK was born July 17, 1920, on a farm south of
Diagonal, Iowa, and passed away May 25, 2006, in Shenandoah, Iowa.
When Velma was about 12-years-old she and her family moved to a farm near New Market, Iowa. There she attended country
school and later graduated from New Market High School. After graduation she received her teaching certificate and taught
school for one year.
On May 24, 1940, she was united in marriage to Herman RANDOLPH and to this union a son, Larry was
born. Velma lived with her parents until Herman was discharged from the service. They lived in Shenandoah until 1947,
when at that time they moved to Coin, Iowa, where they owned and operated the RANDOLPH Café.
After Herman’s death in
1993 Velma returned to Shenandoah. For many years Velma also assisted the customers at the Ladies Apparel Shop.
Velma was a member of the United Methodist Church in Coin and later in Shenandoah. She was also a member of the American
Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed sewing and quilting and was known to be an excellent cook with specialties like pies and
Preceding Velma in death were her parents; husband; brother, Harold BLACK; and an infant granddaughter.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Jeanne RANDOLPH of Shenandoah; grandson, Randy RANDOLPH of
Bella Vista, Arkansas; granddaughter, Jamie RANDOLPH of Lake In The Hills, Illinois; and great-granddaughter, Stephanie
RANDOLPH of Bella Vista. She is also survived by her sister, Marjorie CUPP of Madison, Missouri; and brothers and sisters
in-law, Bill and Sharon BLACK of Shambaugh, Iowa, and Doyle and Barbara BLACK of Madison; plus other relatives and
Services were held Tuesday, May 30, 2006, at 10:30 a.m., Selby Funeral Chapel, Shenandoah, Iowa, with interment
at Elmwood Cemetery, Coin, Iowa. Kirsch Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.
Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010
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