Few people have done more to help preserve our area history than has Mrs. Dorothy Randals, who served on the Tucumcari Historical Research Institute Board for 37 years.
During those years she helped with the collection, preservation, and presentation of items representing our county. Always willing to participate in the work days, Dorothy put on her gloves, pulled down her hat brim and attacked whatever project needed attention. Even though this is not her home county, she chose to help make the Tucumcari Historical Museum an outstanding place to visit and the center of our county history.
During many of those years, Dorothy helped arrange the field trips for the historical organization. She often recounts having visited places before taking the group in order to be sure all would go well for the members. She would estimate the time required, locate places for meals or picnics and see that conveniences were available. By making those early visits, she often learned more than the natives of our area knew and was eager to share any information she learned.
Few people, including the members of the association, knew how much Dorothy did for the group and for the museum because she went about her work quietly and remained in the background most of the time. Sometimes, even those of us on the board were unaware of her accomplishments unless we discovered what she had been doing. Again, she did what she thought needed to be done and went on about her business.
No matter what discussion might have been going on, Dorothy remained a lady, setting an example for at least one of us, who has trouble controlling tongue, to follow. In her quiet way, she might explain what needed to be done and would so move. She might also ask the most appropriate question to cause some of us to pause to think before we acted.
Duane Moore, President of Tucumcari Historical Institute Board, recognized Dorothy at our annual meeting and presented her with a plaque and gift from the organization representing appreciation for her years of service. She accepted the offerings most graciously and gracefully but said very few words.
We know Dorothy does not wish to be singled out for recognition, but many of us feel that she deserves far more than we can give because she gave us so much during those 37 years. She has set a high standard for future members to follow, and we know she will be around to help if asked. Thank you, Dorothy, for all you have done and will continue to do for our organization and for our museum. "You made a real hand!"
Lynn Moncus is a Tucumcari resident and can be contacted through the Quay County Sun at 461-1952.