Betty L. Thralls Randall

March 28, 1927March 4, 2013
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Betty L. Thralls Randall, 85, of Columbus, died at 9:24 a.m. Monday, March 4, 2013, at Four Seasons Health Center. She was born in Shelbyville March 28, 1927, the daughter of Arthur Stephan Thralls and Lena Fox Thralls.

She is survived by her husband, Maurice D. “Mac” Randall, who she married Aug. 12, 1956, at her parent’s home in Shelbyville; her sister, Estolle Gross; a nephew, Charles J. (Diane) Gross, Chalfont; and a niece, Madalene (Bobby) Roberts, Columbus.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two infant sisters.

Betty was a member of Bartholomew County Retired Teachers Association, Indiana Retired Teachers Association, Daughters of the American Revolution, Delta Kappa Gamma Lady Teachers Society, Columbus Star Quilters, Kappa Kappa Sigma, Camp Atterbury Veterans Memorial Association, Shelby County Historical Society, and First United Methodist Church in Columbus since 1957. She was a former member of Daughters of the Union. She had received the Indiana Commendation Medal from Major General Martin Umbarger, Adjutant General of Indiana, for her work with the Camp Atterbury Museum.

She graduated from Shelbyville High School in 1945, from DePauw University with a BA degree in 1949, and from Indiana University with an MA degree in 1958.

Betty taught Junior and Senior High School at Lucerne High School, New Palestine High School, Franklin Township High School, Martinsville Senior High School, Central High School, and Columbus High School, and retired from Northside Junior High School, now Northside Middle School in Columbus, in 1980.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no calling or funeral services. A private family service will be directed later by Myers-Reed Chapel with Rev. Chris Lantz officiating. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Shelbyville, Indiana.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Four Seasons Employee Fund or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at



  • Calling Hours Thursday, March 7, 2013
  • Private Funeral Service Thursday, March 7, 2013


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Barbara Andrews

April 5, 2013

Betty was a long-time and treasured member of the Castor Association of America. She will be missed by fellow members and her Castor cousins.
~BarB Andrews, President of the Castor Association of Andrews

Greg Watts

March 13, 2013

I happened upon this notice yesterday. Betty will be missed by many. I am one
of many who have benefited from her monumental work of research into family history. I never met her, but will miss her nevertheless.

Jo Schlaud

March 10, 2013

You will be sadly missed Betty. I enjoyed our little chats and getting to know you. You will always be in my thoughts!! My sincere condolences to you Mr. Randall.

Susan Pugh

March 8, 2013

Dear Mr. Randall--

We offer our sincerest condolences on the passing of your wife. She was my eight grade "block" teacher, and I enjoyed her tremendously. She was also an active member of the DAR with my mother-in-law, Mrs. Evelyn Pugh (who is no longer with us). Jerry asked that he be remembered to you as well, although he did was not one of your students.
You are in our prayers at this difficult time.

Susan (Reeder) Pugh
Jerry Pugh
Aspen, Colorado

Kimberly Hoffman

March 8, 2013

I had Mrs. Randall for either 7th or 8th grade Social Studies at Northside Jr High in the late 1970's. She was one of my favorite teachers. She was always very much a lady and through the way she conducted herself and the passion she had for teaching, she made me want to really delve into projects and do my very best. She always had a beautiful smile on her face and I enjoyed the time spent in her class. May God grant you peace in your time of loss. My sincere condolences, Kimberly Bush Hoffman

March 7, 2013

Mac, I am sorry to hear about Betty. Our friendship grew over the years as Betty planned Fox reunions and we worked together on the Fox genealogy, publishing the "Fox Tales (1713-200) A Family History." You and Betty were great hosts when I came for the Fox reunions...good memories. You and the family have my condolences...God Bless you all. Diana Fox (New Orleans, La.)

March 7, 2013

So sorry to learn of Betty's passing. I have always been proud to have been
associated with her, to marvel at her energies for whatever she determined to
accomplish, to always consider her rapport.

God bless you, Betty.

Dan Hey, Shelbyville

Todd Townsend

March 7, 2013

Mac, I it was my honor to get to know you and Betty and work with you on the Camp Atterbury Veterans Memorial Association. Betty was an extemly talented educator, citizen and volunteer to our community - and we all have the Martinsville Atesian link. My condolences to you and your family.
COL Todd Townsend, Vice Chief of Staff, Indiana National Guard

Lisa Kraner

March 7, 2013

Mac so sorry for your loss, Betty was my Mom's best friend and my brother and I were so blessed to have the privilege to know her and you and hear the stories of when they were young girls. Every year I would look forward to receiving your Xmas letter and know the good things you both had done. I must take comfort in the knowledge that now Betty is an angel with my mom in heaven.

March 6, 2013

So sorry for your loss. We still have the wild tuberose Betty gave us the start of in the 1980's from your home on E.46.It always reminds us of you both.
Vic and Sharon Fields