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Phyllis Elaine Randa

Phyllis Elaine Randa, age 91, of Mena, Arkansas, died Monday, February 12, 2018 at the Arkansas Hospice in Hot Springs. She was born on Monday, May 3, 1926 to Harold James and Alice McGravie Barott in Tamrack Township, Minnesota.

Phyllis worked for many years as an administration assistant and accountant for many different companies, but most notably Safeway Food Corporation. She loved her family and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She really was excited to see how she could out fish her husband Eddie. She enjoyed sewing, making Japanese dolls and crafts. She was a very accomplished musician. She enjoyed playing her accordion. When she thought she was all alone in the house, she would play her wrap around Hammond organ at full volume. In recent times she played for a nursing home that she resided in their Christmas Carols for the other residents. She also loved to dance and was known to get up and boogie with the staff, their sneaky way of getting her up and moving. She also enjoyed working on the farm where they raised apples and cherries. She traveled extensively and lived in Spain and Japan when Eddie was working there. She taught English as a second language in Japan. Phyllis was a loving mother, grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt, and friend and will be missed by all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Edwin Randa; along with her two sisters and two brothers.

Phyllis is survived by her son, Dennis Randa of Soldotna, Alaska; her daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Gerry Sickler of Mena; her sister-in-law and her husband, Mary Jane and Phillip Johnson of Minneapolis, Minnesota; six grandchildren, Danee Zah, Dalen Randa, Wendy Scott, Jason Holiday, Brien Sickler and Gary Sickler; 16 grandchildren, and 25 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Richland, Washington. Cremation services are entrusted to Bowser Family Funeral Home in Mena, Arkansas.

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