Mabel Ruth (Randall) Sisemore
Feb. 15, 1927 - Feb. 7, 2022
February 16, 2022
Mabel Ruth (Randall) Sisemore, 94, of Sweet Home and Davis, Calif., passed away peacefully, on Feb. 6, 2022 in Davis, surrounded by her family and loved ones.
Mabel was born on Feb. 15, 1927, in Whittier, Calif., to Carl Fletcher and Thelma Lee (Oyler) Randall. She was the oldest of four children, with three younger brothers whom she cherished and adored their whole lives.
She graduated from Avenal High School in 1945. She worked at the local movie theater, and as a result, her parents and brothers where able to watch movies there for free.
Mabel moved with her family to Sweet Home in 1947, where she obtained a job at the bank and then for a Sweet Home accountant, where she would meet the love of her life, Millard Sisemore.
Mabel often shared the story of meeting Millard and said that she checked his marital status on his payroll forms to see if he was single. After meeting Mabel, Millard shared that he left her office and told his friends that he just met the woman he was going to marry.
Six months later, on Dec. 12, 1947, Millard and Mabel married at her parents' home in Foster.
Mabel and Millard had two daughters: Marsha Kay (born in 1950), and Marlene Fay (born in 1958). Their family would continue to grow, and they were blessed with five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mabel was excited to hear that her first great-great-grandchild is due in May 2022.
She joined the First Baptist Church in Sweet Home in 1955 and held many positions in the church (Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School teacher, Bible study leader, and kitchen staff).
She and Millard volunteered with the Northwest Church Builder Association to help build the current church in Sweet Home, as well as numerous other churches in Oregon, Montana, Idaho, and Washington. Mabel also volunteered for the school lunch program at Liberty Elementary School.
She belonged to a Sweet Home women's bowling league for many years. She taught English to a Cambodian refugee family in 1974 and was a host mother to an AFS student from France in 1975-76 and a Youth for Understanding student from Finland in 1973-74.
Mabel loved to garden and especially enjoyed planting petunias, nasturtiums, dahlias and hanging fuchsias. She left the vegetables to Millard.
In 2007, Mabel moved to Davis, where she learned how to make beautiful jewelry and hand-made cards. She formed a walking group with her neighbors and attended exercise classes at the Davis Senior Center. She also loved to read, work crossword and sudoku puzzles, and regular puzzles – always starting with the borders!
Mabel is survived by her daughters: Marsha (Sisemore) Dlouhy of Stayton, and Dr. Marlene Sisemore Cortopassi of Davis, and husband Dr. Gino Cortopassi; five grandchildren, Melissa (Dlouhy) McNabb, Rodney Dlouhy Jr. and his wife Evie, Donelle (Dlouhy) Chen and her husband Steve, Sofia Cortopassi and her husband Jason Inzana, Julia Cortopassi and partner Goksu Bicer; five great-grandchildren: Daniel McNabb and his wife Emilly, Sarah McNabb, Samantha Dlouhy, Gabrielle Chen, and Rodney "Buddy" Dlouhy III.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Millard Sisemore (2003); father Carl Randall (1966); mother Thelma (Oyler) Randall (1986); brothers Clifford Randall (1977), James "Jimmy" Randall (1998), Lester Randall (2005); and son-in-law, Rodney Dlouhy Sr. (2018).
Viewing will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, at Sweet Home Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Freedom Hill Church in Sweet Home, with Pastor Jeff Dankenbring officiating. Vault interment will follow at Gilliland Cemetery.
Memorials in her name may be made to either the Yolo County Hospice or Freedom Hill Church in care of Sweet Home Funeral Chapel, 1443 Long St., Sweet Home, OR 97386.
Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.