Mary Carol Randall, of Fort Collins, aged 68, passed away quietly Feb. 24, 2020 at Poudre Valley Hospital following a stroke. She was surrounded by the love and company of her family and friends during her hospitalization and passing. A caring mother, she was unwaveringly proud of her daughters and optimistic about their futures.
She was born April 25, 1951 and grew up in the Denver area with adoptive parents, Edwin and Jane Randall, and a sister, Greta. She graduated from East High School in 1969.
She attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. She received her Masters of Poetics at New College of California, San Francisco and her degree in Linguistically Diverse Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Mary Carol worked for the University of California, Berkeley, for many years prior to adopting her daughters. She returned to Colorado to raise the girls. She taught at Loveland Classical Schools and Loveland Integrated School of the Arts in English Language Acquisition. She tutored homebound students, who for health issues or other reasons were unable to attend public school.
Mary Carol was an activist in her early adult years, supporting economic justice by opposing cuts to college financial aid, welfare and other social programs; protesting for gay rights and rights for people living with AIDS; supporting immigrant, Native American, and Palestinian rights; and working toward justice system reform, anti-racism, and repealing the death penalty (She’s smiling down on Colorado right now!). Recently, she supported ISAAC of Northern Colorado, “Interfaith Solidarity and Accompaniment Coalition”. ISAAC uses teachings of faith to work toward solidarity for human dignity and immigration justice and healing. https://www.facebook.com/ISAACNorthernColorado/.
Mary Carol was an active member of the Fort Collins Quaker Meeting. Quakers have great memories of her sharing her heartfelt wisdom, poetry, songs, and concerns for human rights at Meetings for Worship. She was an enthusiastic fundraiser for Quakers through crafting circles, yard sales, gourmet dinners, and King Soopers grocery cards.
Various groups of friends and the community gathered to share favorite songs, rounds, and harmonies at PVH during her final days. She was alert though she could not speak. She is survived by her beloved daughters, Alicia and Cara, grandson Noah, dog Dash, and cat GiGi, as well as numerous cousins and friends. Cremation was done at Cremation Society of Colorado.
Memorial Contributions can be made for ISAAC of Northern Colorado by check to Foothills Unitarian Church (write Emergency Immigration Fund in the memo). Send checks to Foothills UU, 1815 Yorktown Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80526. Electronic donations to ISAAC can be made via https://foothillsuu.churchcenter.com/giving/to/noco-emergency-immigratio....
A Quaker Memorial Service will be scheduled once current Coronavirus emergency has passed.