Mari Carroll Field Skelly
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AGE: 93 • Wilmington, DE - Juno Beach, FL
Mari Carroll Field Skelly died peacefully at Brandywine Senior Living in Kennett Square, PA on Saturday, April 5, 2014, surrounded by her family. She was 93 years old. She was born in Parkside, Pennsylvania to Walter and Catharine Carroll. She attended St Roberts Catholic School in Chester, Pa and Immaculata College and West Chester University. She married Arthur Laurence Field, Sr, who predeceased her in 1965, and J Paul Skelly in 1977 who died in 2005. She is survived by her children; Barbara Field Campbell Fullerton (Lawrence Fullerton) of Denver, Colorado; Cathie Field Lloyd (Lee Lloyd) of Wilmington, DE; Marilyn Field Tully (Martin Tully) of Coatesville, PA; and Robert S. Field (Clairmarie Hanavan Field) of Wilmington, DE. She was predeceased by her son, Larry Field in 2001. She was a loving grandmother to 20 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. She is also survived by two step daughters, Patricia Skelly Holmbeck of West Chester, PA, and Rita Skelly of Santa Fe, NM. She is survived by her sister, Catharine Carroll Adams (Herbert Adams) of Ocean City, NJ, and predeceased by brothers Walter, Thomas, and Richard Carroll.
Mari was a woman of enormous grace and strength. She lived during difficult times, the Depression and World War II, and was truly a part of the Greatest Generation. Her first husband served in the South Pacific and Hiroshima, Japan. She was an inspirational Latin teacher, caring deeply about each of her students. Many still recall her impact. Her teaching career spanned 20 years including Ursuline Academy and Conrad High School. She married Arthur Field in 1942, and they raised five children together, until he died in 1965. She married Paul Skelly in 1977. They maintained homes in Radley Run, Pennsylvania, and Juno Beach, Florida, ultimately making their residence in Juno Beach. They enjoyed golf and travel and made many close friends, and especially loved having their children and grandchildren visit.
What held true throughout the life of Mari Skelly, was her strength, grace, and ability to help others face and conquer life's challenges, and appreciate the gifts they'd been given. She taught her children and grandchildren to be grateful to God for those gifts. A lifelong Catholic, she was an active member of St. Clare's parish in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.
A celebration of her life will be a Mass on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM at St. Ann's Catholic Church, 2013 Gilpin Avenue, Wilmington, DE 19806. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Highland Avenue and Orange Street in Media, Pennsylvania.
In lieu of flowers, her family requests contributions in her name to Ursuline Academy, 1106 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware 19806.
For online condolences
Chandler Funeral Homes and Crematorium
2506 Concord Pike
Wilmington, DE 19803
Published in The News Journal on Apr. 7, 2014