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Zella Vee Randall
Mar 1, 1927 – Dec 13, 2017 (Age 90)
Zella Vee Randall of Bend, Oregon, passed away peacefully on December 13, 2017. She was 90. Zella was born March 1, 1927 in Dayville, Oregon, the sixth of seven children to Charlie and Alcye (Chesnut) Moore. She cherished her life on the family ranch and did not leave until her marriage to Howard Mayo in 1946, when she moved to his family’s farm in Clifton Hill, MO. Over the next 13 years they lived in Missouri, Oregon and Colorado as Howard completed his education and began teaching school. From this union, three children were born and Zell took delight in taking care of her family. After Howard’s death in 1959, she moved her young family back to Oregon where she enrolled in Eastern Oregon State College, earning her Master’s Degree and later an ELP Fellowship from the University of Oregon. She taught school in Baker City and Portland, until she married Donald Randall in 1979 and began her second career as a dairy farmer in Monroe, OR. For the next 27 years she poured her heart into the dairy farm until their retirement and move to Albany, OR. After Don’s death in 2008 she moved to Bend, OR where she and her youngest sister enjoyed three years in a shared apartment until her sister’s death three months ago. Zell never failed in finding the bright side in life and she was an inspiration to all who knew her. Even as her final years became shadowed by Alzheimer’s she remained thankful. One of the last things she said before her death was, “What a wonderful life this is!” Zell is survived by her three children, Jim (wife Judi) Mayo of Springfield, OR; Janice (husband Steve) Mathers of Bend, OR and Patty (husband Dan) Martin of Beaverton, OR. She is also survived by three stepdaughters: Donita Randall of Salem, OR; Deanna Texiera of Lodi, CA; and Danise (husband Peter) Breederland of Aldergrove, British Columbia; eight grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Zell was preceded in death by her two husbands, both parents and six siblings. A private gathering will be held after the holidays. Contributions in Zella’s memory may be made to Partners in Care Hospice, 2075 NE Wyatt Court, Bend, OR 97701 or to the American Alzheimer’s Association.