October 16, 1951 - January 12, 2017
Services Date January 22, 2017
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January 16, 2017
Randy was a true friend and I will miss her energy and enthusiasm. I remember driving to the beach when we both lived in NC with Jo Anna and Sarah. We'd pack up her wagon with our Macs and laser printer. We'd play during the day and work afterwards. Randy was fond of baking lemon bars and brownies. We worked together at Triangle MacConsultants, then Blyth/Omnis and later JABRA. I owe a great debt of gratitude for my success in my career to her.
Randy was a ball of happiness and energy. I haven't seen her for years, but can't help but think that she made a great contribution to my life and my career. I met her because she needed a nanny for JoAnna and then later offered me my first legit accounting role at Jabra. Because of that door that opened, so many others did as well. I have looked back on that time fondly. I am so thankful that I was able to connect via phone and email maybe a year or two ago to catch up and let her know what I was up to and how grateful I was for that first opportunity. Much love to Randy and JoAnna.
Randy will be sorely missed. We worked together on an off for over 20 years, first at Norcom, then Jabra, then multiple times at Microsoft, and then with several independent ventures. She inspired me to take big chances, including starting my own company, Optimal Sound. RIP, Randy!
I first met Randy through the Chapel Hill Training Outreach Project. We were on a grant together, shared an office and traveled around the state. We would meet at Hardee's in Hillsborough because Randy liked their iced tea the best, then continue on to places like Kannapolis. She was one of the most creative and enthusiastic people I have ever met. I remember the mornings she suddenly was hungry and realized she was expecting JoAnna, her greatest joy. After that grant ended came the S.P.A.C.E. program (Randy's idea for an after school enrichment program for elementary aged students). Along the way she converted me to Mac and we wrote two books together. Then came the inception of Triangle Mac. She hired my son Jason to answer the phone and eventually to travel with her and talk about the great things you could do with a Mac. Working with Randy was better than any college courses he could have taken. I joined the company and we had many trips to Richmond and other places in her generator equipped van where we could plug in our Macs and work as we went down the road. After that Randy and JoAnna moved to California and we still managed to keep in touch. She helped everyone around her grow new skills which was part of her genius. I miss her and her friendship. She had a vision for technology's future directions not seen in many others. She was the hardest working person I ever knew and can envision her falling asleep over her keyboard in the middle of the night. She will be sorely missed by all who knew her.
Randy was one of the most likable, highest energy people that I have ever met. I first met Randy at Norris/NORCOM which quickly spun-off into Jabra and this is when I went to work for her. I remember having a custom Jabra ear piece made for her birthday and the case was made out of 14 karat gold. The look on her face when she tried it on and realized that it actually worked quite well was priceless. I also remember all the hard work and fun times we had at Jabra especially when I dressed as Santa for Christmas. Randy will be missed by all and she was truly a pioneer! RIP
Truly a wonderful Lady. Randy was a great Leader in my life. We spent many a late night building her business and making it happen. A "fireball", that is what comes to mind when I hear her name. A beautiful smile that simply makes you fired up about whatever it was that we were all working on. I learned a lot about from Randy, but most of all to have fun regardless of the situation. She could easily have a chat with an assembly line worker, and within minutes be heading up a meeting with a group of Investors. She loved everyone, and everyone loved her. Rest In Peace beautiful Lady.
I met RG (it's what I usually called her) when I first moved to Chapel Hill in 1976— we then worked together at Outreach and then on various ideas and projects on and off, sometimes years apart, ever since! Our daughters grew up together in a sense as our families were somehow drawn together through our varied work and personal relationships— we were a lot alike in that we both liked to create and generate new ideas/businesses— she once flew up to Redmond to help me pitch Microsoft on a business proposal— and I flew down from San Francisco to San Diego with her to help jumpstart JABRA. RG and the memories we shared will remain a special part of our family for the rest of our days.