Emmy “Tessie” Randall, age 75, passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2013 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. After a courageous battle with cancer, she entered God’s Kingdom surrounded by her children and family.
Tessie was born on March 5, 1938 to Felix and Salvacion Leones Perez in Negros Occidental, Philippines. She was previously married to Norman Woodbury, Jr. in April 1966, and bore two sons from this union. She married Michael Randall in November 1977 and resided with him and her boys on the Randall Family Ranch near Prairie City, South Dakota until she relocated to Rapid City, South Dakota with her son Christopher Glenn.
In September 2012, she moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia to live with her son Deano and his loving, supportive wife Lydia, and her grandchildren, Eric and Justin. Her enjoyment and peace was strengthened by Lydia, who served as her primary caregiver, personal confidant and spent many outings with her which brought Tessie infinite joy and happiness in her last days.
Tessie was a homemaker for most of her married life, but worked briefly throughout the years as a waitress, production plant worker and in general maintenance. She enjoyed entertaining friends and family, and ensured that all her guests left her home completely full, as feeding her houseguests with a variety of Filipino cuisine was her trademark. One of her proudest achievements was establishing her restaurant, “Tessie’s Place” in Prairie City in the 1980’s, which received recognition far and wide as countless satisfied and repeated customers spread word of her delicious cooking.
She loved to cook, crochet and spend time in her garden, where she excelled in growing nearly any plant she could find. After moving to Virginia, she cherished spending time with her children and grandchildren. Tessie continued to nurture her talents by sharing her cooking, infectious smiles and laughter, and growing beautiful flowers to give to all her friends. Her time in Virginia was filled with constant love, abundant laughter, and joy with her family and newly found friends.
Tessie leaves to cherish her memory her family in the Philippines, including sisters Aida, Priscilla, and Lydia; brothers Norberto, Eduardo and Rodelyn; her children Grace (Noel) Mendoza, Dean (Lydia) Woodbury, Glenn Woodbury and their step-brother Gerry (Megan) Woodbury; grandchildren Eric Woodbury, Justin Woodbury, Justin Mendoza and Lara Mendoza; great-granddaughter Camille White; numerous nephews and nieces including Paul (Johanna) Randall, David Randall, Marcia (Jerry) Yeik, Philip (Betty) Randall and Stephen (Mary) Randall, and a host of other relatives and close friends.
Tessie was preceded in death by her father Felix Perez, her mother Salvacion Perez, and her brother Oscar.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Covenant Funeral Service, Freddericksburg. Pastor Gil Diokno will officiate the service followed by a Celebration of Life reception at the Woodbury residence in Fredericksburg.
Tessie will forever be remembered as a special lady who had laughter in her heart and a generous and giving nature. The family gratefully acknowledges all whom have shared in Tessie’s journey and our bereavement. We are blessed with the fortune of family and friends; your kindness, generosity, love and unwavering support have been very uplifting and we know that Tessie continues to be regarded as a loved one to many here and abroad.
Flowers can be received until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 25, 2013 at Covenant Funeral Service, 4801 Jefferson Davis Highway, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.