Randee was born on February 14, 1949. It was only fitting that she was born on Valentine’s Day, considering all the love and care she has given throughout her almost 73 years, to his family, friends and others who have entered his orbit.
Her beloved parents, Albert and Florence Mur, moved the family from Pennsylvania to Tucson, AZ in 1960. Randee and her younger sister, Leslie, were also blessed with their beloved grandmother, Sarah Rubenstein. , living with them.
Randee attended Doolan Junior High and graduated from Rincon High School in 1966. She attended the University of Arizona, where she received her BA in 1970 and her Masters of Education in 1972. She taught at Cholla High School for 10 years.
In 1982, Randee accepted an opportunity with IBM Corporation to join their Human Resources organization, at their Tucson-based product development lab and manufacturing plant. Several years later, she met her future life partner, Larry Dickey; they were married in Tucson, June 15, 1990. They moved with IBM to the Washington, DC area, and made their home first in Bethesda, then in Gaithersburg, MD. When Randee’s division was acquired by Lockheed Martin, she continued her successful leadership career there until her retirement in 2010.
While Randee had loved her time in the DC area, she was excited to return to her family and friends in Tucson. She made her home there with Larry for the next 11 years, where she enjoyed walking in the desert, cooking, gardening and doing cultural activities. She also greatly enjoyed her continuous travels with Larry throughout the United States, Europe, Central America and South America.
In “retirement”, Randee contributed his energy and passion to many causes and organizations as a volunteer. Her most fulfilling work has been with the Tucson Unified School District’s Reading Seed Program. With compassion, creativity, determination and joy, she has helped countless children improve their vocabulary and reading skills – and, as a result, their self-confidence and pride.
With grace and courage, Randee fought a rare and deadly form of cancer, Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (PMP), from the age of 32. After receiving treatments for several recurrences, she went into remission for 14 years, albeit with permanent complications from her extensive surgeries. Randee adapted and didn’t allow complications to keep her from living a full and active life.
Unfortunately, the cancer returned at the end of 2019. Despite the risks of another major surgery, Randee made the decision to continue. The complications weighed much more on his body this time, but his optimism and will to live remained strong. She was determined to last at least until her great-niece, Mia Faye, was born in January 2021. Randee survived another year, during which she enjoyed getting to know Mia. She was so grateful for that, as she was for the extra time she had spent with her husband and family.
Randee joined the ranks of the Angels on January 25, 2022. She may have left us a few weeks before Valentine’s Day, but her spirit of love and kindness will remain with us. Randee will be missed by her loving husband, Larry; daughter, Janet Mellinger (Brad); sister, Leslie Tinker; nephew, Chas Tinker (Lauren); grand-niece, Mia Faye Tinker; grandchildren: David Chambers, Brad Haymaker (Shana), Taylor Haymaker (Brittany) and Levi Haymaker (Chelsea); many cousins and countless friends. She was predeceased by her brother-in-law, Roger Tinker.
Arrangements are handled by BRING’S BROADWAY CHAPEL. A celebration of life will be scheduled at the convenience of the family. For those who wish, donations can be made in Randee’s honor to any of the following:
Foundation for Applied Research in Gastrointestinal Oncology (FARGO)
3629 Fulton St. NW, Washington, DC 20007
University of Arizona Cancer Center
By check: 1515 N Campbell Ave, PO Box 245024, Tucson, AZ 85724-5018
Hermitage No-Kill Cat Shelter and Sanctuary
By check: 5278 E 21st St, Tucson AZ 85711