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Marilou Ballard Randall


Marilou Ballard Randall

Our beloved Wife, Mom, Grandma, and Great Grandma, Marilou Ballard Randall, 73, of Chandler passed away, Jan 9, 2022, surrounded by her loving family, in Chandler, AZ.

Marilou was born to James Lavan and Maxine Hirschi Ballard, on August 28, 1948, in Hurricane, UT, and was later joined by siblings; Patricia, Jimmy, and Lois. She was raised on a cattle ranch in Clover Valley, Nevada. She was an honor student at Wells High School and excelled in business classes and as a Varsity cheerleader.

Marilou attended LDS Business College in Salt Lake City, UT, where she met her Prince Charming from BYU, on a blind date, which soon escalated to a “Cracker Jack” proposal.  Clinton H. (Randy) Randall and Marilou were married and sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on June 12, 1970.

Their family was blessed with 5 beautiful children: Jason Scott Randall, Ashlee (Steven) Durham, Marissa (Sonny) Sayler, Ryan Ballard (Claire) Randall, and Tyler James (Stacy) Randall.

Marilou was an accomplished Administrative Assistant at the Chandler Unified School District for over 20 years. Her Texas Sheet Cake and sugar cookies became legendary and were in great demand at every social gathering.  Her artistic and amazing domestic talents blessed her children’s lives, as well as family, friends, and colleagues.

Life without chocolate would have been a dreary existence for Marilou. She loved her Sees Chocolates and we loved her homemade fudge, caramels, and yummy meals. Her personality was so magnetic that 5 minutes in her presence and you loved her. “Seven days without chocolate makes one weak!”

Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the joys of her life: Morgan, Mariah, Vanessa, Bailey, Brisa, Brandon, Reagan, Gavin, Randall, Isaiah, Riggs, Brynlee, Everett, Rooney, Rush, Parker, Marley; and great grands Hallie, Avery, Colton, Ledger.

Marilou is preceded in death by her parents, and her brother, James Milo Ballard.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan 14, 2022, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1950 W. Galveston St, Chandler, AZ 85224; with viewing from 12:00–12:45; and funeral at 1 pm.

The family expresses their gratitude for the love and support of family, friends, neighbors, and caregivers.  In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to https://support.multiplesystematrophy.org/marilourandall  to bring awareness to Multiple System Atrophy.

17 Comments

  • Karen Schumann Wright Posted January 11, 2022 7:10 PM

    Thinking of Marilou and childhood memories has been a comfort since learning of her passing. My love, thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Karla Houghtalin Posted January 11, 2022 8:20 PM

    My deepest and sincerest condolences to the entire Randall family. Sister Randall was an amazing woman of faith and a loving leader. I always felt loved in her presence. May the entire family feel comfort and peace during this time of sorrow and loss.

  • Starlene Johns Clayson Posted January 12, 2022 9:07 AM

    I am sorry to hear of Marilou’s passing. She was a fun child hood neighbor and friend, growing up in Clover Valley. My sincere condolences to her family.

  • Mark and Coralee Dahl Posted January 12, 2022 1:15 PM

    We are so sorry to hear of Marilou’s passing. She was a good friend in high school and in our college years. Our thoughts and prayers will be with her family. We hope they will be comforted and remember all of their good memories.

  • Cahoon Kathryn Posted January 12, 2022 3:01 PM

    Oh, Moo was such fun!! A heart full of gratitude and sympathy! God bless!

  • Chari Reynolds Posted January 12, 2022 5:17 PM

    Sister Randall was a beloved leader of mine during formative years.I am thankful for the many lessons she instilled & the time she dedicated to service. I am one of many blessed by her beautiful life.

  • Jeanne Wallen Posted January 13, 2022 9:05 AM

    I have so many wonderful memories of Marilou. I have some especially fond memories of serving in Stake primary together. These memories include Marilou, Joanne Baldwin and Marie Haggerton. All are gone now. Maybe they are reminiscing together and enjoying each other’s company again.

  • Richard & Rebecca (Randall) Cummard Posted January 13, 2022 11:30 AM

    We’re so sorry for the passing of your sweetheart! Our condolences to you & your family! Praying for peace & comfort in the days ahead!

  • Doris and Larry Lunt Posted January 13, 2022 5:13 PM

    We have such found memories of our times together with our young families. We love the Randall family and the memories we share. We are sad we can’t be at the services but send our love.

  • Susan Jacobson Talbot Posted January 14, 2022 9:19 AM

    I’m so sorry to hear that Marilou passed away. She was a beautiful and well-groomed lady. I hope your family will be comforted. I know it will be hard to lose her..

  • Phyllis Boswell Posted January 14, 2022 9:52 AM

    Marylou will be missed by all who were blessed to know her. To me her eyes said it all, when you talked with her you knew by her eyes, she truly was listening. I will miss her.

  • Mary Chappell Posted January 14, 2022 2:17 PM

    My condolences to the Randall family. Marilou was a beautiful soul inside and out. I loved her and I know you will truly miss her.

  • Ruth Pew Posted January 14, 2022 2:42 PM

    Yes beiining around her for 5 min,we loved her.condolance to all her family.

  • Marci Ethington Posted January 14, 2022 4:09 PM

    I have so many found memories of Marilou as my youth young women’s leader. She was a phenomenal leader her lessons and compassion towards others, have stayed with me through my adult years. I am so grateful for her impact on my life. My deepest condolences to her family.

  • Bethany Posted January 15, 2022 6:59 PM

    Marilou is one woman I have looked up to my entire life. She is beautiful inside and out. I know she will be greatly missed. My thoughts, prayers, and heart are with all her loved ones at this time.

  • Mulvaney Christine Posted January 16, 2022 12:54 PM

    So sorry for her loss. She was an amazing woman

  • Trudy Lamb Posted January 16, 2022 2:36 PM

    I l love this very dear and wonderful lady so much! Marilou was so beautiful in every way, inside and out! Her love and devotion to Randy, her children and grandchildren is unparalleled! I feel so privileged to share many memories with this treasured friend. She will be missed by so many who love her and I am praying for comfort and peace for her beloved family.

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