Shirley Randles, 93, died peacefully surrounded by family members Monday, July 3. There was a private interment ceremony at Mount Calvary and memorial Mass.
Mrs. Randles was born in Gresham, March 3, 1924, the daughter of Arthur and Mina Luella Parker. Mrs. Randles attended grade school in a two-room schoolhouse in Boring, and then Gresham High School. She transferred to Jefferson High School when her mother died. At Jefferson, Mrs. Randles met her future husband, Guy Randles.
Mrs. Randles left college to travel to Florida to marry Guy, who was then in training as a Naval Aviator during World War II. During the war, Mrs. Randles served as a Red Cross volunteer and nurse's aide. After the war, the Randles returned to Portland. Mrs. Randles was an active volunteer in All Saints Parish, and many other social service and community organizations. She was the first woman in a leadership role for many of these groups.
After serving as a volunteer for the March of Dimes, she became its director of volunteers and education, involved with fundraising and community education about birth defects. She then was executive director of Oregon Literacy, an adult literacy program.
In retirement, Mrs. Randles enjoyed her family, was active in her parish, St. Elizabeth, and read avidly. She spent her summers in Seaside, where she maintained a circle of friends and strolled the promenade daily.
Mrs. Randles was devoted to her family, her faith and her many friends. She maintained a positive outlook and looked for the best in people. She is survived by her four children, Susan Moscato (Lou), Sarah Eckstein (Clint), Guy Randles (Kim) and Gary Randles (Geri); eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Suggested memorial contributions are to the Oregon Historical Society, Catholic Charities of Oregon or the Jesuit High School Financial Aid Fund.