Mary Rose Randall, a true lover of life, a true lover of her family, and of course a true lover of all creatures big and small passed away after a short illness on Thursday, April 24th, at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She had been fighting with respiratory and heart related illness since February which impacted her ability to enjoy the rigors of her passions, and now rests peacefully with her Lord in eternal peace.
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Mary Rose was born on May 4th, 1946 in San Diego, CA. She graduated from Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, CA in 1964. Shortly thereafter, she completed Cosmetology School and enjoyed a more than 50 year career as a Hair Stylist, where her love of people and her abilities to provide such an open ear and counsel served so many well. The love of her family and friends was clear to all who knew her.
She married Steve, and raised her sons John and Robert, with unconditional love rooted in a foundation of faith with service to others before self. Mary Rose embraced every day of life as a gift and enjoyed all things outdoors, with a lifelong passion for animals and particularly her beloved Horses and Mules – where she and Steve spent so many wonderful hours in the saddle. Gardening, camping, reading, collecting mule related nic-nacs, working with Steve in his leather shop were other activities she enjoyed. The world is a better place because she took in every stray or unwanted animal that came her way and loved them to the fullest. While residing in Lakeside, CA until 2004, she was actively involved in her church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, and in supporting her boys in Scouting, helping and encouraging both of them to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. She was a member of the Backcountry Horsemen of California, Pine Valley Mountain Riders and thoroughly enjoyed over 15 years as members of the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Mounted Assistance Unit. She enjoyed all of these pursuits with her husband, Steve, at her side. They made many life-long friends with these affiliations.
In 2004, she and Steve entered into semi-retirement in Veguita, New Mexico. She continued to enjoy “doing hair” at a local nursing home and helping Steve in their small custom tack leather shop. She continued her passions with her mules, and belonged to the Rio Grande Mule and Donkey Association, and the Backcountry Horsemen of New Mexico. She volunteered at the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge and was a Board Member of the Amigos de la Sevilleta. She was passionate about preserving of the environment. She really enjoyed the beauty and open space of New Mexico, and was passionate about preserving that gift for future generations.
Mary Rose lived life to the fullest, and not only desired – but expected the same with others. Up before dawn every day, she would stay busy until sunset with her exemplary work ethic. All of this work in service to others, whether human or animals – and it was this service that brought her the most joy. Not one to mince words, she was a no-nonsense, tell it like it was kind of lady, but always spoke with the most wonderful of intentions and love.
Celebrating her eternal life is her husband, Steve Randall, son John Randall and his husband Kevin Berry of San Francisco, CA, son Robert Randall and his wife Christy Johnson Randall and three grandchildren – Joshua, Sarah Joy and Jacob of Las Cruces, NM, brother Jack Carmody, of Alpine, CA, brother Joe Carmody of Campo, CA, brother Michael Carmody of Spokane, WA, brother Thomas Carmody of Manti, UT and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and cousins. She joins her Parents, Fergus J. and Mary F. Carmody, brother Richard Carmody and niece Shannon Carmody in eternal happiness and peace in Heaven.
Because of her passion for life, every day when you see the sunrise, sunset, or the twinkling of the stars, she would want you to appreciate and celebrate each moment. To commemorate her, the immediate family will have a Celebration of her Life on what would have been her 73rd Birthday – May 4th, 2019. The family will have an additional celebration in the near future for all of her countless friends in New Mexico and another celebration in San Diego at a time to be later communicated.
The family appreciates all of your well wishes and support during this time. Donations can be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (www.cff.org) in lieu of flowers. Cystic Fibrosis is a devastating genetic disorder which Mary Rose had supported for years. This disorder currently impacts some of her family members and took the life of her beloved niece Shannon too early.