Jean L. Randolph, 78, of Benton died peacefully in her home on Friday, Oct. 28, while her daughters Christine and Kathleen and her son Jay were at her side.. She was born on July 23, 1933, in Philadelphia, Pa. She was a Methodist.
She retired from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Pastoral Care and Education department where she developed the accredited education program and designed the hospital Chapel, which is still in use today. She also served as assistant director for the Arkansas Sesquicentennial Commission and worked for The March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Benton. She was a supporting patron of the Smithsonian Institution and a sustaining member of the Saline County History and Heritage Society.
Her parents, Jesse Randolph and Dorothy Elizabeth Buckley Randolph, preceded her in death.
She is survived by her brother, James A. Randolph and his wife Debra of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; her seven children, James Stephen Whipple and his wife Sharon of Benton; William Joseph Whipple and his wife Cynthia of Benton; Robert George Whipple of Kansas City, Mo.; Christine Marie Chism and her husband Jimmy of Benton; George Edgar Whipple Jr. of Hot Springs; Kathleen Denise Scott and her husband Robert of Benton; and Jay Randolph Whipple of Benton.
She is also survived by 19 grandchildren; Christopher Nagano of Seattle; Justin Whipple and Grant Whipple of Orlando, Fla.; Michelle Miller and Jennifer Hay of North Little Rock; Frances Whipple of Columbus, Miss.; Garrett Whipple of Little Rock; Elizabeth Whipple of Benton; Amber Whipple of Kansas City, Mo.; Aimee Whipple of Apopka, Fla.; Holly Ajanel of Little Rock; Rebecca Chism of Benton; Alicia Decker of Omaha, Neb.; Jesse Whipple of Holton, Kan.; Chad Scott of Benton; Rocky Kimbrell of Twenty Nine Palms, Calif.; Krystina Scott Bullard of Benton; Billy Scott and Hudson Scott of Benton.
Twelve great-grandchildren, Naiah Nagano of Seattle; Dylan and Taylor Whipple of Orlando, Fla.; Blaine and Reed Miller of North Little Rock; Cannon and Hadley Hay of North Little Rock; Amariah Newton and Danica Decker of Omaha, Neb.; Jocelyn and Julianna Whipple of Holton, Kan. and Ella Whipple of Little Rock; and one more to be born soon.
Five nephews, Thomas Randolph of Kissimmee, Fla.; James Randolph of Seymour, Conn.; Arthur Randolph of Shelton, Conn.; Richard Randolph of Milford, Conn.; Michael Randolph of Kissimmee, Fla.; and one niece, Alicia Randolph of Ashville, N.C.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in Benton with a graveside service following at New Rosemont Cemetery in Benton. Rev. David Jones will officiate.
In lieu of a visitation, there will be a reception in the church fellowship hall after the graveside service. Her grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com
Family Comments: She was honored to be chosen as an Olympic Torch Bearer for the 19th Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City as the torch traveled through Arkansas. For her 75th birthday, her entire family gathered at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock for a banquet and dancing in her honor. She enjoyed family gatherings and hosted a family Christmas party at her home every Christmas Eve.
In her younger years, she enjoyed playing the piano and oil painting and had a love of poetry her entire life.