Joyce Ann Randolph


Joyce Ann Randolph, age 62, formerly of Greenville, passed away peacefully, at her daughter’s home in Hillsboro, Oregon on August 24, 2015.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 12, 2015 in the Miller Family Cemetery, next to Gallagher Chapel Cemetery in Mode, Illinois, with Rev. Greg Breeden officiating. A memorial meal will be provided after the service, by the First Church of Nazarene in their church hall. Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are by Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, Illinois, and any memorials or flowers may be sent there.

Born August 18, 1953, in Shelbyville, Illinois, she was the second child of Edward and Bertha Miller. She grew up on a farm in rural Shelby County, Illinois, and Joyce often recalled her childhood with fondness. Particularly dear to her were memories of Sunday dinners at her grandparents’ farmhouse with cousins.

Joyce graduated valedictorian from Cowden-Herrick High School and later attended Greenville College where she received a bachelor’s degree in sociology. She married her college sweetheart, Eugene Randolph, on January 26, 1973. They were married for 42 years and had four children.

She lived in Greenville, Illinois, where she was a wife, mother, grandmother, friend and a member of the Greenville Gardening Club. In addition to gardening, Joyce liked reading, having long talks with her friends and family, collecting antiques, playing with her grandchildren and traveling with her husband. She visited almost all of the 50 states (including Hawaii), as well as, Mexico, Canada, Scotland, England, Germany, Italy and Greece. Rome and Athens were her two favorite cities. She loved life and lived it to the fullest.

Surviving is her husband Eugene of Greenville, Illinois; children, Kamala J. Randolph (Scott Bandy) of Hillsboro, Oregon, Casey G. Randolph (Stacey) of Tampa, Florida, Karabeth A. Ovenden (Simon) of London, England and Cory D. Randolph (Racine) of Washington D.C.; grandchildren, Aden F. Ovenden, Ethan F. Ovenden, Eva R. Ovenden, Creed D. Randolph and Collins D. Randolph; brothers David E. Miller (Pamela) of Shelbyville, Illinois, Timothy R. Miller of Mode, Illinois and Richard A. Miller (Christine) of Charleston, Illinois; and brother-in-law, Steven L. Clawson of Shelbyville, Illinois.

She was preceded in death by her parents Edward and Bertha Miller, brother, Calvin E. Miller, sister, Dorothy S. Clawson and granddaughter, Sara E. Ovenden.

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