Mary Geddes Randall died July 7, 2013, in Billings, Montana, of natural causes. “Molly” was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on June 10, 1921, to William and May (Clayton) Geddes. She graduated from high school in Winnipeg, and attended the University of Manitoba from 1937 to 1939. In 1939 the Geddes family moved to St. Paul, Minnesota, where her father was a professor at the University of Minnesota. She finished her college degree at the University of Minnesota, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in 1941. She worked as a chemical researcher at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, from 1941 to 1942, and then as a medical technologist at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. There she met her future husband, Barney, a medical student, whom she married September 4, 1943. They moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she conducted research in juvenile diabetes and Barney completed his internship. In 1945 Barney was deployed to the European Theater of the Second World War, and Molly returned to her parents’ home in St. Paul, where their first child was born. After the war, they lived in Ames, Iowa, Rochester, Minnesota, and Grand Forks, North Dakota, before settling in Miles City, Montana, in 1952.
Molly enjoyed life, be it indoors or out. In addition to golfing, skiing, bridge, sewing, and camping, she was an avid tennis player, following televised tournaments closely. She was also a voracious reader. Molly had a deep love of travel, and throughout their marriage Molly and Barney enjoyed many wonderful trips in the United States, Mexico, Europe, Southeast Asia, China, Australia, and Turkey. Some of her favorite trips included attending tennis tournaments at Wimbledon and the French Open.
In later years, she and Barney enjoyed spending winters in Green Valley, Arizona, where they shared their home with family and friends. Molly was known to many as a good and kind friend, a gracious hostess, a superb cook, and for being one of many people who made the WibauxPark neighborhood of MilesCity a special place for children. She was an active member of the MilesCity community, serving on the Custer County Heart Association, the Junior College Board, the Girl Scout Council, as a Cub Scout den mother, and as a member of the Miles City Club and the Town and Country Club. Molly will be long remembered for her wonderful laugh, lively sense of humor, patience, tolerance, and positive outlook, as well as for being a loving mother and grandmother.
Molly is survived by her daughter, Barbara (Merrill) Nelson of Glencoe, Minnesota; son Ray (Marilyn) Randall of Bridger, Montana; son James (Laurie) Randall of Missoula, Montana; grandchildren: Eric Nelson, Angela (Chris) Adams, Erin (Joel Chapman) Randall, Matt (Tanya) Randall, Ross Randall, Marilee (Matt) O’Connor, great-grandchildren Sydney and Sierra Adams, Colton Randall and Ivy O’Connor; sister Barbara Hagg; sister-in-law Lucille Randall; brothers-in-law: Douglas Hagg, William Longley and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Warren; brother Richard Geddes; sister Dorothy Longley; sisters-in law: Doris Geddes and Helenray Lydick; and brothers-in-law: Henry Lydick and Douglas Randall.
Her ashes will be interred at the Eastern Montana Veteran’s Cemetery in Miles City. Friends are invited to join the family at the Parlor, 1806 Main Street, in Miles City from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 28. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to the charity of your choice.