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Betty Randels Papers


Betty (Elizabeth Jean) Brooks Randels, 1915-2009.

Born and educated in Wichita, Kansas, Betty Brooks married Paul Wayne Randels in 1937. Paul’s career took them to Illinois where their two sons, Peter and Stephen were born. The Randels moved to Fort Worth in 1945 and rounded out their family with daughter, Lynn. Ms. Randels interests included local, state, and national child advocacy. Betty Randels was instrumental in the construction of a juvenile detention center for Tarrant County, Texas. Previous to her involvement and concern for youth, young people and adult offenders were housed in cells together. She served on various committees and with civic organizations related to child and youth services including the League of Women Voters, Tarrant County Child Care ’76, and The Tarrant County Child Welfare Board. Ms. Randels was named Altrusa’s Woman of the Year and First Lady of Fort Worth in 1970 and was awarded the Commissioners’ Pioneer Award as an Outstanding Woman of Fort Worth in 1997. She spent countless hours volunteering with Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, Campfire Girl, and the P.T.A., and teaching Sunday School and working with church youth and adults.


The Betty Randels Papers were donated to library on December 1, 2009. Her children: Peter Randels, Oakland, California; Stephen Randels, Seattle, Washington; and Lynn Randels Raskin, Washington, D.C. donated the collection with the assistance of Susan Dycus, Trinity Terrace Retirement Community, Fort Worth, Texas.

Scope and Contents Notes

The Randels Papers consists of 7 boxes or 2.75 linear feet of materials. The collection includes biographical materials, photographs, scrapbooks, and awards. When possible the collection was left in the original order received and using any established folder titles or scrapbook notations. Comprehensive dates for the collection are 1916-2010 with the bulk of the materials 1939-1990.

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