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Winnie Louise Randell

Winnie Louise Randell

Born: November 18th, 1915

Passed on: March 24th, 2019

Passed peacefully away on March 24, 2019, with her family by her side, Winnie Randell at the age of 103 years. Born on November 18, 1915, in the beautiful outport of Happy Adventure, she was predeceased by her husband Douglas Randell (RNC/RCMP), her parents Charles R. and Caroline (Feltham) Moss, her brother Lloyd (Mary) Moss, her sister Dorothy (Cyril) Turner, brothers-in-law Rev. Clarence (Annie) Randell, William (Christian) Randell, and sister-in-law Ethel Cole. Leaving to mourn her daughter Vivian, sons Ronald and David (Michele), and dearly beloved grand-daughter Krista (Shawn Donaldson) of Halifax, NS, sister Madeline (William) Spurrell of Calgary, AB, brother Selby (Sylvia) Moss of Gander and Krista's mother, Janis Randell of Gander. Also leaving to mourn along with their extended families: nieces, Linda (Gordon) Isaacs, Jean (Joe) Murcell, Betty Turner, Anne (Sam) Caines, Allison (Larry) Kinden, Susan (Gary, deceased) Hancock, Audrey (Roy) Saunders, Kay Wright, Janet (Andrew) Mcinnes; nephews, Tony (Sherri) Spurrell, Glen (Catherine) Moss, Peter (Sandra) Moss, Bernard Turner, Ken (Donna) Turner, Clarence (Yvonne) Randell, Douglas (Patricia) Randell, Ray (Marie) Cole, Doug (Jane, deceased) Cole. Predeceased also by niece Susan (Roland) Wilder, nephews Ray (Sandra) Turner, Wayne (Brenda)Turner, Selwyn Turner, and Don (Betty) Cole. Remembered also by the many friends, our family made while living in Whitbourne, Bell Island, Mount Pearl (especially our Roland Drive neighbours), and Petley, Random Island, where Mom and Dad spent many happy years in their summer home. Born in modest circumstances, the daughter of a fisherman, Mom attended a one room school to the level of grade six, fondly recalling her "Royal Readers" books and arriving at school with wood for the potbelly stove. She left home at fifteen to enter domestic service ("serving girl") first in Port Blanford and later moving to St. John's around 1935. Her last position, prior to her marriage in 1943, was with Robert G. and Edyth Reid (Reid Newfoundland Company, the builders of the railway) in their Waterford Bridge Road home. She loved this job and spoke fondly of her employer Mrs. Reid and of the many ways in which her cooking and other skills expanded (soufflés!). St. John's during the 1940s was bustling with activity and she spoke of going to the movies at the Capital Theatre (especially enjoying "Gone with the Wind"), the presence of the Canadian and American military, the blackouts, the knitting circles in the basement kitchen of Government House in aid of the men serving overseas, and, of meeting her future husband, a young RNC officer on the beat in the rough and tumble of the downtown. In 1947, Dad was posted to Whitbourne with the RNC and immediately following Confederation was accepted into the RCMP. Dad and Mom became the first occupants of the newly built RCMP detachment with all its modern conveniences, including central heating. The living quarters were situated above the main floor office, with the jail in the basement. When Dad and the other officers were on patrol in the district, it was not uncommon for Mom to be called upon, for example, to operate the police radio, feed the prisoners, or provide temporary shelter for persons involved in a car accident. They made a good team. In recognition of this role she was honoured in 2013 with the RCMP "The Second Man was a Woman" Award recognizing the unpaid work of spouses of RCMP officers in rural and remote areas. When Dad became the Officer-in-Charge on Bell Island in 1960, Mom's role changed slightly as the family moved into private accommodations. Still a thriving mining town at that time, it offered many community amenities including, a movie theatre ("Exodus" was a hit with Mom), shopping at Bowring's and Cohen's, recreational venues, a public library, and lots of social events centered around school and church. There were also challenges that included a heavier police workload for Dad ("pay day" ruckuses were common) and island isolation for Mom, particularly when the ice pack closed the Tickle. Sadly, they were also to witness the consequences of the Island's economic decline as the mine lay-offs began in the year before their retirement to Mount Pearl in 1963. Mom strove to be pleasant, whatever the circumstances. She was resilient when challenged and very witty by nature. She enjoyed knitting, less so cards, but also the opportunity to dance (except Dad had two left feet). She was a great cook, especially known for her homemade bread, and, she loved to recite the alphabet backwards even after her 100th birthday! She will be missed. Our special thanks go out to the Staff of 1 North, St. Patrick's Mercy Home, for the professional and loving care provided to Mom during the past three years, and, to the other residents and family members with whom we undertook this shared journey, making friends along the way. Cremation has taken place. Funeral arrangements to be announced at a later date. Donations in Mom's memory may be made to St. Patrick's Mercy Home Foundation or a charity of one's choice. To view the online memorial guest book, please visit www.barretts.ca.




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