Emmy “Tessie” Randall

Born on 03/05/1938

Departed on 10/17/2013

Resided in Fredericksburg, Virginia

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.

26 thoughts on Emmy “Tessie” Randall

  1. Travis Frye on said:

    Another one of gods angels returns home. From my family to yours, may your grieving be short and may you take this time to celebrate the life Emmy. God bless.

  2. Anthony Allicock on said:

    Our prays are for you and GOD is hugging his angel

  3. Betty & David McConnell on said:

    She is in a good place and free of pain. We are sure she will remain in your hearts that will always be filled with much love and joyous laughter.

  4. Michelle Novak (Schell) on said:

    My prayers to all of you in this time of loss. Tessie was such an awesome lady loved all the time I got to spend with her in Bison and Prairie City. She is in heaven looking down proudly at all of you. You will be very missed on earth but knowing you are and angel in heaven is very satisfying to me. God Bless you all.

  5. Crystal Beckman Batey on said:

    So sorry for the loss of your mother Chris and Deano. I have very fond memories of your mom. Love to you both.

  6. Pat & Elizabeth Bowles on said:

    Our thought and prayer are with your family at this time of sadness. She was a very special person. Please take comfort in knowing that she will always look over your family and you will all be together again someday. Diyos ay natanggap lamang isang napaka-espesyal na Angel. Maaaring pagpalain kayo ng Diyos at ang iyong pamilya. (God has just recieved a very special Angel. May God bless you and your family).

  7. Mark & Kristina Fortune on said:

    Our thoughts go out to the entire Woodbury family. The memories of your Mom and Grandmother will last forever. Cherish those always. Tessie is at peace. That knowledge will comfort all of you.

  8. Jens Jesfjeld on said:

    I simply don’t know what to say. I’m shocked…Tess was going to live forever, and she will in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to know her. For days, I am mourning the passing of my another mother…love you guys.

  9. Andi Werlinger on said:

    I haven’t seen this beautiful lady in many years, but have thought about her often and always with fond memories. God definitely gained an angel! Thoughts and prayers sent to her family during this difficult time.

  10. Everardo Torres on said:

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family for the Lord to give you strength, peace, wisdom, understanding to overcome the pain and sorrow you are vividly experiencing during these challenging circumstances. Your mother Emmy “Tessie” Randall is in is paradise and resting in peace in eternity with other family members who have arrived before us. She is in heaven and will always be looking and protecting your family. In the name of the Virgin Mary, Joseph, the Lord, Jesus Christ, and Holy Spirit Amen. My deepest condolecens.
    Be strong and show her how proud you are of what she accomplished in her life and sacrificed to help you the man that you have become. Continue dedicating your life to serving in her honor. She will be joyful to see you the loving and caring son that she raised.

  11. Rusty & Trini Hopp on said:

    May God’s Graces be with Tessie and the Family she truly loved. Her smile and laughter will live forever the hearts of those that love her.

  12. Jim & Maggie Cole on said:

    Woody and Lydia,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this period and deeply regret your loss. Maggie and I enjoyed spending time with your Mother on a couple occasions and truly enjoyed her warmth and friendly manner. We have very fond memories of each visited. Rest assured that she is in a better place and cherish the time you had with her.

  13. Brian y Mercedes Doelfel on said:

    Woody &Lydia,
    Words will never suffice in expressing our feelings for your lose… Although we spent only a little time with your mother, it was obvious what a kind heart and wonderful sense of humor she had. Know that you and your family are in our prayers.

  14. Jemma Kulpa on said:

    Emmy was a remarkable lady always knew how to make everyone laugh, she was like an aunt to me , my prayers go out to the woodbury family my god be with you.

  15. The Holcombes on said:

    We are so very sorry for your loss. Keeping you all in thought and prayer.

  16. Carolyn Rowan on said:

    May her soul be at peace with God, and your memories be happy ones and that she loved you.

  17. Christine Schmidt on said:

    Emmy was the most beautiful person inside & out. A true angel.
    She is greatly missed. It is an honor to have known her.

  18. Paul, Johanna, Bekah Randall on said:

    Dean, Lydia, and family, We have so many fond memories of aunt Tessie. Her hospitality was 2nd to none. I, Paul, was so blessed to have her living nearby as I was a teen growing up in SD. I loved her cooking, friendship and hospitality. She kept life interesting at the Randall ranch. :) We sure enjoyed seeing her about every time we came back to SD for a visit. She would always feed us even if the notice was short. We will miss her very much, but sure she is enjoying a reunion with Mary Randall, Judy Randall and others who have gone on before.
    Our love, prayers, and condolences go out to you guys.

  19. Lisa Jesfjeld Harpster on said:

    I am so sorry for the loss of your beloved mother. I wish I would have known she was sick so I could have personally told her how much she meant to me all these years. She was my first patient and kind woman to teach me how to cook. I have never had eggrolls like hers..nor will I ever again, I bet. None ever live up to her eggrolls. I can still see her frying up that scrumptious chicken..which was my fav dish. Somehow, the world just won’t be the same without her laugh in it. I am so sorry that cancer has taken her from us all!! Someday we will, I believe, see her again and be in paradise with her watching her cooking and listening to that infections laugh. God Bless You Deno and Glenn and all the family….

  20. Robert Carr on said:

    On behalf of my family sincere sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Deano and Glenn. God Bless you all. We miss your mom.

  21. David Randall on said:

    Dean, Lydia, Glenn and family. I am sorry to here of aunt Tessie’s passing. My prayers are with you and regret that I can’t be there with you. I will always fondly remember al the great times we had at her place for get togethers with family and neighbors.

  22. Charlett Aubert on said:

    Woody and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The great memories will keep you all smiling.

  23. John & Jasmine Bilello on said:

    Dear Dean, Lydia, Eric, Justin, & Camille:
    Sending you our heartfelt sympathies and aloha during this difficult time. Your dedication and love for your mom allowed her to pass with dignity and peace. Thoughtful prayers to you all . . . .

  24. Leah Lacson on said:

    You have suffered auntie long enough,
    You were brave strong and tough.
    The battle you fought was long and hard,
    But it’s okay auntie let go and let God.

    It has hurt all of us when you left that day,
    It left me broken hearted with nothing to say.
    I don’t want to be selfish say please don’t leave,
    Because I did not want to hurt or grieve.

    I know in my heart you are in a better place,
    But I swear im going to miss your beautiful face.
    I am going to miss the talks we would have,
    And the stories I would tell that would make you laugh.

    God just needed you to come home,
    Yes we know it has made your family sore.
    You will always be remembered every single day,
    From the smile on your face to the things you would say.

    You have taken your space in heaven right where you belong,
    Right up there with Grandpa FELEX PEREZ, Grandma SALVACION PEREZ,
    your Brother Oscar Perez, and my cousin’s
    Yes we all know that we need to be strong,
    But through our family your memory will live on.

    You don’t need to fight anymore just let go and let God,
    While you were here on earth you did your job.
    You did your part to keep family together,
    that’s why you will remain in our hearts always and forever.

    We love you and missing you Tita EMMY TESSIE RANDALL

  25. Eric Woodbury on said:

    Love you Lola.. As the days go on I miss you more and more.. I still feel you around the house and I can hear you call my name every now and then.. I know that your good now, no pain, and loving every minute up there making all the food and making sure everyone is happy and your watching over me every minute of every second.. I love you.. Cant wait to see you again.. This is not a goodbye.. Its a see you later =)

  26. Justin Woodbury on said:

    Rest in Peace Lola. You were so happy with so little throughout your life, you always had the biggest heart. It’s going to be hard not seeing your reassuring smile everyday when I get home… Or your cooking ;) . I’m missing you more than ever but I know you’ll always be there when I need you. (You were always more beautiful than the rest). Mahal kita Lola

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