Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


December 6, 2012

Lelah Ruth (Bedford) Randall

UNIONVILLE, Mo. — Lelah Ruth (Bedford) Randall, 89, of Unionville, Mo., went to be with the Lord on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 at Putnam County Care Center in Unionville, Mo.

She was born Sept. 4, 1923 to Vernetta (Vernettie) June (Sproull) and James Garrett Bedford in Waynesville, Mo. 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, Mo. 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 Mo. at the age of 16.

In 1942 she met Rodney Randall, a young farmer from Lowry City, Mo. After a long courtship of six weeks, they were married on June 21, 1942 in Butler, Mo. Four children were born to this union, James Rodney, Linda Lee, Janet Sue and Timothy Joel. The year 1942 was the beginning of 70 years of adventures the two would enjoy together.

They attended church at Cedar Grove Christian Church and began intensively studying the Bible. Lelah was supportive of Rodney’s calling to the ministry which would take them to South Dakota, Texas, Iowa, Unionville, Kirksville and Auxvasse, Mo. Going with Rodney to church camps during the summer, Lelah continued to help in all the ways a minister’s wife must do. During their many years of ministry, they met and were endeared to countless families and friends, who Lelah continued to write letters and keep in touch. From her days as a young woman, the trip to the mailbox was and continued to be the highlight of her day.

They loved to travel and their life adventures took them to 49 states, starting out in sleeping bags and tents, advancing to the pop-up camper Rodney made and then finally their RV. Flying to Hawaii with some friends from the Cincinnati, Iowa Church was a highlighted vacation. In 2003, celebrating their 61st wedding anniversary, they went on an Alaskan cruise and traveled by bus and train to revisit Anchorage and on to Fairbanks.

Lelah always planted a garden which yielded an abundance of canned vegetables and jellies and preserves, until her health wouldn’t allow it. Having grown up in the depression years, she never wanted to let anything go to waste. Lelah had a “green thumb.” She loved flowers and was able to start many new African violets and get them to grow, when others could not.

Down through the years, her favorite recreation was going to see her children and grandchildren play ballgames. At 88, she went to her final game, to see her great grandson play basketball. At home, her recreation was a good game of Skip-Bo; she was never too tired for “just another game.” Her challenge was to see how many times she could draw a new hand of cards. While living in South Dakota, Lelah went to her first garage sale. Years later, it was one of her favorite things to do. During the time that CB radios were in, she went by the name of “Bargain-Hunter.”

She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernetta (Vernettie) and James G. Bedford of Appleton City Mo.; brothers Leland (at birth), Roy Bedford and Thompson Bedford of Appleton City Mo., Everett Bedford of Harrisonville, Mo. and Lloyd Bedford of Higginsville, Mo.; two sisters, Mata Langdon of Higginsville, Mo. and Minnie Smith of Appleton City, Mo.; a grandson John Randall; and a great-grandson, Landon Randall.

She is survived by her devoted husband Rodney of Unionville, Mo.; children, Jim Randall and wife Patsy of Versailles, Mo., Linda Spence and husband Terry of Unionville, Mo., Janet Denton and husband Roger of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Tim Randall and wife Georgia of Clinton, Mo.; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Charles Bedford of Liberty, Mo.; one sister-in-law, Wilma Bedford of Harrisonville, Mo.; and a host of nieces and nephews; many friends; as well as countless brothers and sisters in the Lord.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville with Pastor Denny Daum officiating. A visitation was held Wednesday at Lange Funeral Home from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. with the family present from 6-8 p.m. A visitation will also be held today at Lange Funeral Home from 10-11 a.m. Burial will take place Friday morning at the Lowry City Cemetery in Lowry, Mo.

Memorials have been established to either the Show-Me Christian Youth Home of La Monte, Mo. 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

Text Only
  • Albert 'Elba' Sayre Albert “Elba” Sayre, 91, of Unionville, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Kirksville Manor Care Center in Kirksville, Missouri.Graveside services will be held at Oak Grove Cemetery in Milan, Missouri at 11 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1. Visita

    July 31, 2014

  • 073114 Rich Richard 'Rich' Gander Richard “Rich” Gander, 45, of Creston, passed away Monday, July 28, 2014, in rural Creston.A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory in Newton. The family will greet friends from 6-8

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 073014 Nancy Nancy Carroll Tietsort Nancy Carroll Tietsort, 79, of Sedona, Arizona, and a former Centerville and Unionville, Missouri resident, passed away Friday, July 25, 2014 at her home in Sedona. She was born at home on wash day on July 15, 1935 in Centerville, the daughter of Joh

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Betty J. Simmons Betty J. Simmons, 83, of Mystic, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center in Centerville.No services are planned. Cremation was accorded as per her wishes.Lange Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of her arrangements.

    July 30, 2014

  • Rowena Buster Rowena Buster, 81, of Graysville, Mo., passed away of natural causes at her home in Unionville, Missouri on Sunday, July 27, 2014.Memorial services will be held Wednesday, July 30 at Playle and Jones Family Funeral Home in Unionville, Missouri at 11

    July 29, 2014

  • 072814-McDanel-photo Patricia 'Patty' Ann (Clark) McDanel Patricia “Patty” Ann (Clark) McDanel, 82, of Moravia, departed this earth on the July 25, 2014 at the Centerville Nursing and Rehab Center in Centerville.She was born June 16, 1932 in Centerville, the daughter of Earthel (Corporan) & Walter Clark. Sh

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nancy C. Tietsort Nancy C. Tietsort, 79, of Sedona, Arizona, and a former Centerville and Unionville, Missouri resident, died Friday, July 25, 2014 at her home in Sedona.Arrangements have been entrusted to the Schmidt Family Funeral Home in Centerville.

    July 27, 2014

  • 072514 Jerald Jerald Fenton Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26 for Jerald Fenton, 88, at the Fielding Funeral Home located in Chariton. Visitation will take place from 5-7 p.m. today at the funeral home. Interment will be held in the Brushy Cemetery located in Pl

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Carlene Hatfield Carlene Hatfield, 85, of Unionville, Missouri, passed away of natural causes at her home Tuesday, July 22, 2014.Graveside services will be held at the Unionville Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 25. There will be no visitation.Services are under th

    July 23, 2014

  • 072314 Charlotte Charlotte Woodward Charlotte Woodward, 90, of Moravia, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014 at her home.Charlotte was born Jan. 5, 1924 to Jesse and Nellie (Miles) Powell near Pierson. She graduated from high school in 1941 and married Emory Kehrberg Jan. 9, 1942. Charlot

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 072214 Judith Judith Brees Judith “Judi” Ann Brees, 76, of Sergeant Bluff, formerly of Centerville, passed away Friday, July 18, 2014 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City.Judi was born Oct. 11, 1937 to Charles and Ada (Smith) Johnston in Centerville. She married Donald Eugene

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • 072314 Paul Paul 'Junior' Spencer Paul “Junior” Spencer, 82, of Moravia, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014 at his home in Moravia.He was born Dec. 21, 1931 in Moravia to Paul Samuel and Lelia Pearl Pence Spencer.A 1949 graduate of Moravia High School, he enlisted with the U.S. Army,

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Paul Spencer, Jr. Paul Spencer, Jr., 72, of Moravia, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2014 at his home in Moravia.Funeral arrangements are pending at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Moravia.

    July 22, 2014

  • Judy Parry Judy Parry, 58, of Genoa, Nebraska, and formerly of Centerville, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014, at the Genoa Community Hospital, LTC.Judy was a long-time member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Centerville and a memorial service will be he

    July 22, 2014

  • Margaret Hawk Margaret Hawk, 92, of Plano, passed away Monday, July 14, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center, Long Term Care in Centerville.A celebration of life service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 26 at the Plano Christian Church with Pastor Scott O’Conner

    July 22, 2014

Featured Ads

The Iowegian wants readers to think about the solicitation ordinance that will prevent groups or individuals from entering a roadway to solicit money. The Centerville City Council in June by a 5-0 vote passed the first reading of just such an ordinance. Public pressure and during a subsequent special meeting, the council voted 3-2 to table the ordinance. A second special meeting to discuss the solicitation ordinance is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7 at City Hall. So, the question of the week is, "Do you or do you not support the ordinance to prevent solicitation of funds in city streets?"

A. I support the ordinance
B. I do not support the ordinance
C. Not sure
     View Results
Iowegian on Facebook