Woman's Club to honor Diane Randleman

Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Diane Randleman will be honored as the Rector GFWC Woman's Club Woman of the Year at a special tea hosted by Shirley Simmons at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the Rector Public Library.

Mrs. Randleman has been a club member since October 1998.

"My mother-in-law, Lillian Randleman had been in the woman's club for years," Mrs. Randleman said.

She was born and raised in Nebraska and lived in Crete. Her parents, John and Rosella Ray, were in the hotel and restaurant business, and the family lived in the hotel.

Her father also had a coin machine route, maintaining juke boxes, etc.

"That's what he was doing when I left," Mrs. Randleman said.

She met her husband, Scott, while he was stationed at the nearby missile base.

After they were married, the couple moved to the Rector-area in 1964.

"I guess I grew up in Arkansas," Mrs. Randleman said. "When we got to Arkansas, I think we had just $20 in our pocket."

On the way to their new home, the couple stopped at Dortch's Grocery in Rector, where she was introduced to Vernon Dortch.

"Between Scott and Mrs. Randleman, they introduced me to everyone in town," she said.

The couple moved into a home on County Road 485. The house was rented by Scott's father, Everett.

"He had planted a garden and gotten it ready for us," Mrs. Randleman said.

The Randlemans now live on the old family homeplace down the road, and she passes that first house whenever she drives to town.

"I pass by it everyday. It brings back memories," she said.

Mrs. Randleman worked at Rector Sportswear for 33 years, retiring in 1999. She is now involved with Century 21. She worked part-time for local agent Sheila Dale and then fulltime.

This week, Mrs. Randleman will begin working at SEMO Realtors in Kennett, where she will be sales manager as well as an agent in Arkansas and Missouri.

She is also a partner with Mrs. Dale on Cotton Boll Properties.

She is also active in volunteerism through the Woman's Club, serving as the community calendar chairperson for the past four years.

Mrs. Randleman also works with the Rector Chamber of Commerce and is a charter member of the new Rector Lions Club.

She and her husband, who retired from Emerson after 39 years, have two children. Michael is an actor and lives in Los Angeles, and Julie is a case manager in Cordova. The Randlemans have a granddaughter, Brooke, 12 1/2.

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