Randolph NC- Fatimate “Babs” Chardanoff of Asheboro died peacefully on Friday, March 22. She was 84 years old.
Born in France, Babs’ childhood was spent under Nazi occupation, which steadied her faith and motivated her to always be a beacon of light and love. In 1956 she moved to the United States, settled in Asheboro, and became a U.S. citizen in 1960, an accomplishment in which she took extraordinary pride. Babs was a fixture around Asheboro, especially at events for the Randolph Arts Guild. A great lover of animals, especially her dogs, cats, and birds. Babs saw the face of God in the beauty of creation and was always quick to point it out to others. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd, where she was active in Sunday School conversations, providing her unique perspective on God and encouraging everyone to “live in the light.”
Babs is survived by her son Alex Strayhorn and daughter Nora Strayhorn, grandchildren Joshua, and Christian, great granddaughter Hazel, and countless friends. Her life will be celebrated on Thursday, March 28 at 1:00 pm at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd (505 Mountain Rd.), with The Rev. Joe T. Mitchell officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Humane Society of Randolph County (PO Box 4384), Project Priceless (105 N. Fayetteville St.), and the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. Services entrusted to Midstate Cremation & Funeral Service.