Barbara Skinner

Posted 6/18/21

MORTON — Barbara Erika Skinner of Morton passed away June 13, 2021, at Apostolic Christian Restmor Nursing Home.

A memorial service is 4 p.m. Friday, July 9, at Advent Lutheran Church, 1211 …

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Barbara Skinner

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MORTON — Barbara Erika Skinner of Morton passed away June 13, 2021, at Apostolic Christian Restmor Nursing Home.

A memorial service is 4 p.m. Friday, July 9, at Advent Lutheran Church, 1211 South Main St., Morton, IL 61550. Visitation is from 3 p.m. until the service time July 9 at the church.

Mrs. Skinner was born Feb. 9, 1940, in Swinemuende, Germany, the daughter of the late Helmut and Erika Zoike. She married Glenn S. Skinner Jr., and he preceded her in death.

She is survived by her children, Major (ret) Sam (Lisa) Skinner of San Marcos, Calif., Catherine Erika (Brian) Gordon of Morton and Robert (Jo) Skinner of Pittsboro, Ind.; and seven grandchildren, Topher (Jacqui) Skinner of Redding, Calif., Xander and Zachary Skinner of San Marcos, Calif., Erika Gordon of Milwaukee, Wis., Aspen Gordon of Tampa, Fla., and Andrew and Nathan Skinner of Pittsboro, Ind.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Beate; a nephew, Sean Mercer; brother-in-law, Dr. Charles Skinner; and sister-in-law, Marcelle Baker.

Mrs. Skinner became a citizen of the United States in 1955. 

She was a stay-at-home mom as well as managing her husband’s medical practice in Paris and later in Sunnyside, Wash., after their children were grown. After his retirement, she became the secretary for Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sunnyside, Wash., where she had been a member for almost 29 years. She was also a dedicated volunteer in many community organizations such as Business and Professional Women’s Club, American Red Cross, Community Concerts, hospital gift shop, Red Hat Society, and the Embroiderers Guild of America. She held elected offices in almost every club she belonged to. 

Mrs. Skinner was named the General Federation of Women’s Clubs’ Woman of the Year in 1987 while living in Paris and donated almost six gallons of blood for the Edgar County American Red Cross Blood Mobile in Paris. She used her talents for crocheting to make baby hats, baby and lap blankets and prayer shawls.

She and her husband moved to Morton in 2017 to be closer to her family.

Memorial donations may be made to Advent Lutheran Church of Morton, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Sunnyside, Wash., or the Morton Fine Arts Association.