Mae Isabelle “Maebelle” McKinney Randall, 88, community volunteer and homemaker, passed away Saturday, February 19, 2011 at the Kinney Nursing Home, Gouverneur.
Mae was born February 22, 1922 in Balmat, a daughter of Earl J. and Bricia Tamblin McKinney. She graduated from Gouverneur High School in 1938. Mae worked several years in the Old Hosing Mill on Prospect Street. She married Arthur “Mike” Randall on December 9, 1939 at the United Methodist Church parsonage in Philadelphia, NY with the Rev. Donald M. Cobb officiating. The couple operated the Randall family dairy farm on Somerville Road from 1939 to 1987. The farm was distinguished as a New York "Century Farm" in 1971.
A lifelong member of the Grange, beginning in 1940, Mae was a past Lecturer and worked several years on the Gouverneur Grange Degree Team. Mae is a member of the Una Rebecca Lodge #15 and held several offices throughout the years. As a life member of the E.J. Noble Hospital Ladies Auxiliary, Mae served on the board of directors for several years. She is a volunteer of the Garden Club and a member of the Travelers Club.
Mae loved to bowl and was a team member for over 30 years. She also enjoyed riding horses, snowmobiling, motorcycling, and traveling in a motor home throughout the United States.
Her husband, Arthur, died September 1992 and her sister Marian LaForty died previously.
Mae is survived by her two sons, Stephen Randall of Eldridge, IA, his wife Elizabeth and their three children Mark, Todd, and Kim, and William Randall of Honeoye Falls, his wife Jeanne and their three children Rick, Katrina, and Sheilah.
A funeral service will be held Tuesday, February 22nd at 11:00 a.m. at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur with Rev. Dr. Wilfred Baez, pastor of the Gouverneur United Methodist Church officiating and burial in Riverside Cemetery, Gouverneur. Calling hours are today, Monday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the Gouverneur Vol. Rescue Squad, PO Box 164, Gouverneur, NY 13642 or Gouverneur Garden Club, c/o Treasurer Marilyn Laurenza, 30 Church Street, Gouverneur, NY 13642.