Reflections on the Life of Mary Ann Randolph
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; Ecclesiastes 3:1-2
God’s blessings have been bestowed upon our family through the birth of Mary Ann Randolph, lovingly known as Ann. Ann was born in New Orleans, LA on October 14, 1953 to the late Ernestine and Roosevelt Randolph, Sr. The angel of death called her to her eternal home at 6:00 PM on January 21, 2021. She was the seventh of 13 children, six boys and seven girls. A set of twins, a boy and a girl, died shortly after their birth before Ann was born.
At a young age Ann attended and was baptized at the Macedonia Baptist Church in Slidell, LA, under the leadership of the late Pastor W.L. Russell. As a teenager, she became a member of the Macedonia Junior Choir under the direction of the late Reverend Harvey Leggett. After Ann became an adult, she joined the Macedonia Young Adult Choir under the direction of the late Charles Tyrone and later under the direction of the late Jasper Poole. Ann loved the Young Adult Choir and was proud to be one of the strong sopranos singing on the front row. Ann was devoted and dedicated to whatever position she held in the church. After she joined the Home Mission, she spent a lot of her time attending meetings, visiting the sick, singing at nursing homes, and attending other events as sponsored by the Home Mission throughout the years.
Ann’s education began when she attended the 1st grade and completed the 8th grade at Alton Elementary School. She transitioned to St. Tammany High School for one year before the integration of St. Tammany Parish Schools and then bussed to Slidell High School where she graduated in 1971. After high school, she attended and graduated from Southern University at New Orleans where she received a B.S. Degree in Accounting.
After receiving her Accounting degree, Ann started her career with the City of Slidell. After 25 years as an Accountant, she retired from the City of Slidell and was employed by the St. Tammany Parish Public School System (STPPSS) as a Study Center Alternative to Suspension Paraprofessional for 12 years, where she retired for a second time in May 2020. While off during the summer months from STPPSS, Ann was hired by the Pentecost Baptist Church in Slidell under the leadership of Pastor Gary Wood. At Pentecost Baptist Church, she worked with the youth who participated in their annual summer camp.
Besides church and work, spending time with family and friends was high priority on Ann’s leisure agenda. She will be missed by the family as coordinator of various family activities. Ann also loved to shop, was a devout sports fan, loved to watch movies and was an excellent card player. She would literally spend all day shopping or all night playing cards or watching sports and movies.
Ann never married and never had children; however, she had three Godchildren and delighted in loving and taking care of her nieces and nephews as if they were her own.
Preceding Ann in death were her parents: Ernestine and Roosevelt Randolph, Sr., grandparents: Morris and Victoria Parker, Sylvester Randolph and Ardella Randolph, two siblings: George and Georgia Randolph, and a nephew: Derrick Payton.
Ann will be painfully missed and survived by her three Godchildren: Kenyon Kemp, Jamia Galatas, and Darnell Randolph, Jr., a grandmother: Lucille Randolph, ten siblings: Vera P. Autry (John), Roosevelt Randolph, Jr., Marie Randolph Smith, Rose M. Wallace (Anthony), Ronald “Bobby” Randolph (Verlean), Darnell Randolph, Sr., (Demetria), Patricia A. Randolph, Yvonne Anderson (Charles), Rudolph “Rudy” Randolph, James Randolph (Fredis), two aunts: Maudine Ross (Howard), and Bonnie Dees, one uncle: Robert Fortenberry, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
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