2/24/1927 ~ 8/21/2018
Esther Peel Blackham Randall, 91, passed away peacefully on August 21, 2018. She was the ninth of twelve children born to John Henry Lemuel Peel and Esther Matson, in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, on February 24, 1927. She graduated from North Sanpete High School and attended Utah State University. She enjoyed gardening, reading, cooking, and sewing, where her handwork was unmatched. Esther married Samuel Garnell Blackham October 14, 1949 in the Manti Utah Temple and they became the parents of four children: Nancy, Scott, Larry, and Esther. After Sam’s passing in 1964, Esther married Merrill Dan Randall on January 30, 1976, and welcomed his three children: Dana, Scott, and Mike, into her family. Together she and Dan bought YLI Corporation, which developed into an internationally respected thread and silk ribbon distribution business. Esther became the creative genius in that venture, publishing two books, and using her exceptional silk ribbon embroidery skills to teach classes to numerous people around the world. Later Dan and Esther acquired the Christian Peel Family Homestead, where Esther lived as a child, and developed it into 39 acres of bliss providing royal hospitality for family members and friends. Esther loved her associations throughout her life and opened her home to countless friends and relatives who were in need of a loving home and a hot meal, most notably Judy Ann Smith Peterson, a niece. She was especially fond of her grandchildren, and treasured the times she spent with each of them-sharing time on a swing, scooping ice cream cones, or explaining a gospel message. Esther loved her Heavenly Father and the Savior above all, serving faithfully in the many callings extended to her in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including Relief Society President, Young Women’s President, Seminary Teacher, and Gospel Doctrine Teacher. She felt privileged to serve in the Mount Timpanogos Utah and Manti Utah Temples as an ordinance worker. As a student of the scriptures Esther was often found sitting on the edge of her bed prayerfully reading from the standard works of the Church. Her testimony was an inspiration to all. Esther is survived by six children: Nancy Butler, Orem, UT; Scott (Kathryn) Blackham, Orem, UT; Esther (Donald) Russell, Taylorsville, UT; Dana (Willis) Whitlock, Apple Valley, CA; Scott (Kimberly) Randall, Fredericksburg, VA; Michael (Jill) Randall, Marysville, WA; 23 grandchildren; 41 great grandchildren. We express appreciation to Brigitte, Lori, Kari, and Jay, and the entire staff at Assisted Living of Orem for the kindness and care given during her residence. Funeral services are under the direction of Rasmussen Mortuary, and will be held Friday, August 31, 2018, 295 South State Street, Mt. Pleasant, Utah, beginning at 1:00 pm, with a viewing prior from 11:00 am to 12:45 pm. Interment will be at the Moroni City Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed online at rasmussenmortuary.com.