Gwendolyn Lynette (Thomas) Randolph was born on November 22,1946, to Alexander and Minnie Lee (Manning) Thomas in Bainbridge, Georgia. Her identical twin, Jacquelyn Laverne, arrived 15 minutes later. Gwen transitioned to her eternal home with her Lord on June 10, 2022, in Dallas, Texas.
Affectionately regarded as "Gwen", Gwendolyn was a graduate of Frederick Douglass High School in Thomasville, Georgia, in 1964. She was a member of the National Honor Society, and she sang in the school choir throughout her high school years. Gwen went on to attend Davis and Elkins College before transferring to Knoxville College where she graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1969. She pursued further studies at Wayne State University in Detroit and Southern Bible Institute in Dallas. Gwendolyn enjoyed a career as a social worker for the State of Michigan and State of California, personnel representative for IBM, employee at Plano General Hospital (now Medical City of Plano), and claims adjuster for Aetna and State Farm. In 2004, after many years of service, she retired. She also worked as a substitute teacher for Plano Independent School District during her retirement.
On March 18, 1972, in a double wedding ceremony with her twin sister, Jacquelyn Thomas Sneed, Gwendolyn married the love of her life, Everett D. Randolph. To their union, three children were born, loved and nurtured. The two remained united in holy matrimony for 50 years until her transition.
Gwendolyn accepted Christ at a young age and remained dedicated to her faith. She was a member of North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship where she was a vital participant and soloist in the music ministry.
Gwendolyn was so proud to be the elder twin of her dear sister, known as "Jac". The two shared an unbreakable bond throughout life and enjoyed traveling the globe with their husbands. In addition to the United States, their destinations included Spain, London, Aruba, and several cruises to the Caribbean. Among other hobbies, Gwendolyn delighted in making silk floral arrangements, shopping, singing, and listening to all genres of music. Nonetheless, she most enjoyed spending time with family and friends. She will be fondly remembered for her compassionate, kind, funny, and stylish nature. Her loving spirit will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Gwendolyn was preceded in death by her parents, Alexander and Minnie Lee (Manning) Thomas; sisters -Hazel Blackman, Lovie Thomas, Rachel McCastle, Duria Lee Christian, and Mozella Fletcher; and brothers - Luther Thomas, Curtis Thomas, Ulysses Thomas, and Robert Thomas.
Those left to cherish precious memories include her husband of 50 years, Everett D. Randolph; children - Erin Randolph, Everett T. Randolph, and Traci Saenz (Anthony); grandchildren - Isabella, Anthony Jr., and Savanna Saenz; twin sister, Jacquelyn Sneed (Robert); sister, Shirley Hightower; sisters-in-law - Virginia Warren (Wise), Patricia Randolph, and Vanessa Randolph; brothers-in-law, Walter Randolph and Jerry Randolph; more than 40 nieces and nephews as well as many great-nieces and nephews; cousins and special friends - Jessie Njoku, Gayle Scott, and Al Pierce; beloved caregiver for more than eight years, Yolanda Mickens; and a host of family and friends.