Loretta J. Skinner

August 19, 1936 - April 25, 2017
Loretta J. Skinner


Beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, Loretta Jane Skinner, went to be with God and her precious sister Marlyn Stewart on April 25, 2017.

Loretta was born on August 19, 1936 in Princeton, Missouri, although she was a Texas girl at heart. She lived in Raymondville, Texas for most of her young life where she met the love of her life Charles R. Skinner who she married on December 30, 1956. The newlyweds lived in Bryan, Texas where Bob graduated from Texas A&M University and received a commission in the U.S. Air Force. Loretta flourished as an air force wife and was instrumental in keeping the home fires burning during Bob’s overseas deployments and assignments. Loretta had a love of travel and a tremendous talent for planning, organization, and creativity. She approached life with humor, wit, and undying devotion to her family. Upon Bob’s retirement from the air force, Loretta pursued a successful career as a real estate broker in Charlottesville, Virginia. She loved finding just the right home for new families, and she excelled at it.

Loretta was a loving mom to daughters Ginny Skinner Chilcott (Craig) and Donna Skinner Vaudrin (Larry) and was adored as “Nana” by her four grandchildren: Donna Chilcott Harrington (Matt), Ryan Michael Vaudrin, Catie Paige Chilcott, and Kristen Nichole Vaudrin.

Loretta loved her family well, and she lived an extraordinary life. Rest in peace with the angels you loved, dear Nana. You will be missed.

A memorial service is scheduled for 3:00 PM Friday, April 28, 2017 at Wilmington Funeral Chapel.

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  • April 26, 2017
    Carolyn Graham says:
    Donna, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mother, you and your family are in my thoughts during this difficult time.

  • April 27, 2017
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  • April 27, 2017
    Deb Ballin says:
    Donna, I am so glad I got the opportunity to meet your mom while I was out in October. I know you will miss her greatly. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • April 27, 2017
    Kitty & Terry Heffington says:
    All of you have our deepest sympathy. Your family has been so special to us throughout the years. Loretta was the best wife, mom and Nana! Losing special people can be so tough. Hopefully all of you can remember all the good times and not the recent past. Cherish those memories! All of you will remain in our thoughts and prayers during this time. We love you.

  • April 28, 2017
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