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Elizabeth Jane (Janie) Randall of Eldridge, Iowa and formerly of northern New York, a teacher, community volunteer, and homemaker died on Monday, March 18, 2013 at the Clarissa Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf following an extended illness.

A funeral service will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Faith Lutheran Church in Eldridge. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. Friday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Church (www.faithlutheraneldridge.com) the Relay for Life (www.southvalleyrelay.org) or the Eldridge Branch of the Scott County Library (www.scottcountylibrary.org) Chambers Funeral Home of Eldridge is assisting the family with arrangements.

Elizabeth was born April 27, 1947 in Washington, DC a twin daughter of Elizabeth Jane (Betty) Spillman and Vincent Carlyle Cooley.

Elizabeth graduated from Gouverneur (New York) High School in 1965. She earned her BA in Elementary Education from SUNY Potsdam in 1974 graduating Cum Laude. She earned her MBA from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater in 1994 also in Elementary Education. She was inducted in the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society in Whitewater in 1993.

Elizabeth married Stephen Randall August 27, 1966 at the First Methodist Church in Gouverneur, New York.

Elizabeth was inducted into Who’s Who in Education in 1994, citied for her accomplishments in education and community service.

Elizabeth had a passion for reading and the library. She was a staff member of the Scott County Library. She served as a lifetime member of the Friends of the Eldridge Library and Past President of the organization. In addition, Elizabeth has been a member of the International Reading Association for over 30 years.

She is survived by her husband, Stephen Randall of Eldridge, her children, Mark Randall of Phoenix, Arizona, Todd Randall of San Diego, California and Kimberly (Michael) Sutcliffe of Vancouver, Washington; her twin sister, Julie (Alfred) Klein of Las Vegas, Nevada, her brother Steve (Suzanne) Cooley of Shady Side, Maryland, her sister, Mary Grant of Hackettstown, New Jersey, her sister, Theresa Cooley-Zgela of Silver Springs, Maryland, her brother, Michael Cooley & his fiancÚ, Carol of Warrenton, Virginia, her sister, Missy (Steve) Custead of Frederick, Maryland, her sister, Anne (Jon) Nagelvoort of Olney, Maryland, her sister-in-law, Margie Cooley of Alexandria, Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her brother, Christopher Cooley in 2009 and by her parents.

Elizabeth was a member of the Faith Lutheran Church of Eldridge, Iowa and enjoyed performing in the Christmas Cantata.

Elizabeth loved to travel, work in her flower garden, enjoyed the campouts with the “Thimblecorks”, and quilting with the “Thimblettes”. She had a particular fondness for her cats.

A Celebration of Life will be held in 3 months in Gouverneur, New York for people that could not make the trip to Iowa.

Condolences may be expressed to the family by viewing Elizabeth’s obituary at www.McGinnis-Chambers.com.

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