She was born Sept. 7, 1956, to Ned and Betty Dalton in Salt Lake City, Utah. Laura grew up in Moab and graduated from Grand County High School.
She attended beautician school in Provo, Utah, and met Wilford Kay Randall. After a whirlwind romance including many 4x4 jeeping adventures, they were married and sealed in the Manti Temple on Aug. 15, 1975. Even after being married for over 35 years, Laura would often leave Kay love notes and letters for him to find.
Laura and Kay made Monticello their home, where they raised four children. Laura volunteered in many school classrooms and also helped the Monticello Police Department to teach the DARE Program.
Laura loved to quilt and sew. She would sew clothes, but she loved quilting. It’s amazing to see what beautiful quilts she created from different and unique fabrics. Of the countless hours that Laura quilted, we have not been able to find a single quilt that she kept for herself. She found so much joy in giving her talents and time to others.
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Laura had a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. She lived the gospel every day of her life. She loved serving others and found joy serving in the temple. Laura’s love of the gospel and of others was contagious. She always had a smile on her face and would go out of her way to tell anyone she knew hello. Laura really knew how to love people.
Laura was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1990. She never questioned why, or asked for any sympathy or leniency. Family and friends watched Laura handle each and every challenge and setback with faith, fortitude, and gratitude for life. She kept a positive attitude and never complained. She lived life as if she had no limits or restrictions. Laura was often referred to as a “go-go” girl. She always wanted to go and live life. Go on a drive, go visit people, and find ways to serve them.
Her children became the love of Laura’s life. She was blessed with four children, 13 grandchildren with two more currently on the way. Laura would travel many miles and spend countless hours supporting her children. This continued with her grandchildren. Recently, Laura finished a quilt for each of her children and grandchildren. This quilt will be a reminder of the love and memories they found with their mother and grandmother.
In all, Laura always “chose gratitude.” She knew and practiced for years, what President Uchdorff recently taught, when he said “…those who set aside the bottle of bitterness and life instead the goblet of gratitude can find a purifying drink of healing, peace, and understanding.”
Laura is survived by her father and mother, Ned and Betty Dalton; her husband, Wilford Kay Randall; and four children and spouses, sons, Bradley Earl (Kristen) Randall, Todd Ned (Kim) Randall; and daughters, Suzane Randall (Ben) Davis, and Stephanie Kay Randall (Jake) Keller. She is also survived by her sister, Debbie Dalton (Gary) Blackburn; and brother, N. Don (Irene) Dalton. Laura also leaves 13 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.