Winona Skaggs

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Winona Louise Skaggs was born December 23, 1939 in Abbeville, LA. to parents Barnie Lavelle and Bertie Louise Atkinson. She attained her lifetime goal of going to live with her heavenly Father on June 20, 2018. She battled ovarian cancer for almost eight years, participating in four clinical studies. She graduated from Pasadena High School in Pasadena, Texas and then attended Abilene Christian College. She married Jack Skaggs in 1959 and they would have celebrated 59 years of marriage this December. Winona was an Air Force pilot’s wife for almost 21 years which spanned the Cold War and the Vietnam War. She moved every two years but persisted in continuing her education and graduated from Midwestern University in 1977. She earned a degree in Elementary Education and taught at Alabama Christian Academy and then at Sequoyah Middle School. She loved teaching seventh graders and taught for twenty years. Winona loved teaching Bible Class and thoroughly enjoyed being with Internationals. She was a faithful member of Memorial Road Church of Christ for over 37 years. She supported her husband, Jack, as an elder’s wife for 29 years. Winona loved opening her home to others and many university students enjoyed her cooking. Thanksgivings were international affairs with dishes brought by loved international guests. Winona enjoyed traveling and even continued to travel internationally after being diagnosed with cancer. She has walked the Great Wall of China, snorkeled on the Great Barrier Reef, gone alligator hunting on the Amazon and ridden a camel in the desert by the Great Pyramid. She would say that none of those things could compete with worshiping and fellowshipping with Christians in Mombasa, Vienna, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Paris, Croatia, Lisbon, Hong Kong, and China. Winona loved the Word and made her way through the Bible over and over again. Winona was a Master Gardener and also an avid quilter.

Winona is preceded in death by her parents, Barnie and Louise Atkinson and a grandson, Mitchell Warren. She is survived by her husband Jack Skaggs, brother Kenneth Atkinson and wife Kathy of Deer Park, Texas; daughters Cynthia Greer and Cheryl Lawrence of Montgomery, Alabama, Catherine Mosier of Lantana, Texas, Michelle Green of Longmont, Colorado; sons-in-law Daryl Greer, Dennis Lawrence, and Wade Mosier; grandchildren Ben and Abbie Greer, David and Sarah Greer, Jacqueline and Corey DeWaters, Micayla Mosier, Nelson Mosier, Kalyn Warren and Kimberlyn and Bryce Dryden; eight beloved great-grandchildren and nephews and nieces. The family will forever be grateful to Dr. Kathleen Moore and the entire staff at the Stephenson Cancer Center, as well as the kind and professional nurses of the Loving Care Hospice.

A formal visitation will be held on Sunday, June 24th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Matthews Funeral Home. Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 25th at Memorial Park Cemetery with memorial services to follow at 2:00 p.m. at Memorial Road Church of Christ.

Contributions in Winona’s memory may be sent to Stephenson Cancer Center at Click the yellow box in the upper right hand corner titled “Give” then click yellow icon on far right under picture titled “Contribute”, fill out required fields and click “submit.”

7 thoughts on “Winona Skaggs”

  1. Bill and Sarah Luttrell

    Jack and Family,

    We loved Winona for her Christian Spirit of love. We will miss her here at Memorial Road, but we know she has gone to her great reward.

    Love, Bill and Sarah Luttrell

  2. Phil & Betty Lou Rine

    We have so many wonderful memories of times spent with our families together thru the years. Winona’s wonderful ways of making us welcome! We love you all and will be praying for you thru this time! Love, Phil & Betty Lou

  3. Sara Whyatt

    I am truly sorry for your loss. I remember the brief mentions of your wife and your voice always carried the love you felt for her. Even though I never met Winona I feel like she and I would have gotten on just fine.

    As a representative of the historical society I want to let you know that we are saddened by your loss. Your family is our thoughts and prayers. Your Volunteer Family.

  4. Jim & Nancy Kerr

    Dear Jack and Family

    We have been so blessed to have known Winona. She was truly a wonderful Proverbs 31 woman. She was generous with her time and definitely great in extending hospitality to us always. We loved discussing God’s Word with her. She will certainly be missed, but so happy for her that she is resting in God’s arms.

    Much love,

    Jim and Nancy Kerr

  5. Kenneth Atkinson

    We are saddened for your loss, but comforted in knowing Aunt Winona is at peace with the Lord our Savior. We are honored to donate to the Stephenson Cancer Center in Aunt Winona’s honor for continued research and support of others who are fighting the battle with cancer.

    With love and blessings –

    Ken and Laura Atkinson

  6. Chad and Tammy Mosier

    Mr. Jack Skaggs and family…

    Winona is a person I greatly admired and I was saddened at the news of her passing. She has always been so warm, kind and I feel honored having had the opportunity to share moments with her, through the years.

    We all should aspire to live so beautifully and she will be missed.

    With love and prayers of blessings,

    Chad, Tammy, Calea and Cade Mosier

  7. I wish to express my condolences for your loss of Mrs. Skaggs. Death just steals our loved ones.  But God provides wonderful hope for the future  (John 5:28-29; Psalm 37:11, 29, 39; Revelation 21:3-5).  Jesus taught us to pray for that marvelous time at Matthew 6:9-10.  Please reach out to Jehovah for the comfort that you need (2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Psalm 34:18).  JW.ORG contains more verses of comfort and hope; it is my sincere wish that it will be of great benefit to you as it has been to me over the years.  May God’s peace be with all of you (Philippians 4:6-7). 

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