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Eileen Randall

Eileen Randall, a lifelong resident of Eagle County, died Monday, Sept. 1, 2003, at Heritage Park Care Center in Carbondale. She was 91.

She was born in 1912 in Wolcott to John and Nell Holland. The doctor who delivered Eileen traveled to Wolcott on a railroad hand car, then walked across the frozen Eagle River to attend the birth.

She attended grade school at Wolcott. For secondary school, she boarded with a family in Gypsum and completed her formal education at Eagle County High School.

She married Rolland Randall, her high school sweetheart, in 1931 in Aspen. They ranched on Brush Creek for 15 years and then moved to Eagle.

Mrs. Randall worked at the Eagle County Extension Office, managing the 4-H program and, in the years when there was no county extension agency, running the annual county fair. When she retired in the 1970s, the department gave her a trip to Hawaii as a goodbye gift.

In retirement, she and her husband enjoyed traveling, and never turned down an opportunity to gamble in Las Vegas.

Mrs. Randall was active in the Altar and Rosary Society at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and with the Eagle County Senior Citizens group.

The Randalls remained active in the community until failing health prompted their move to the nursing home three years ago. Although Eileen’s memory failed her, at age 91 she still did not take any medications. She spent the day before she died laughing and chatting with the nursing home staff.

She was preceded in death by a son, Jim Randall.

Mrs. Randall is survived by her husband, Rolland Randall, 96; by daughters Peggy Buckau of Eagle and Pat Pinkowski of Denver; by a brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Ann Holland of Arizona; by a sister, Margaret Kitz of California; by a sister-in-law, Virginia Cooper of Glenwood Springs; and by two grandchildren and one great-grandson.

A memorial service was held last week at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Eagle, attracting more than 100 people.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, Rocky Mountain Chapter, 789 Sherman St., Ste. 500, Denver, CO 80203; or to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Box 1390, Edwards, CO 81632.

– Obituary compiled by Kathy Heicher, Eagle Valley Enterprise.

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