Skinner Alda Marian Hatten Skinner, 94, of Delaware, passed away peacefully Sunday afternoon, June 16, 2013 at the Willowbrook Christian Village in Delaware, Ohio. She was born at home on Curve Road in Delaware County on May 26, 1919 to Bernard and Mary (Ferguson) Hatten. She lived on a farm most of her life, then from 2000 she was at Willowbrook Christian Village. She attended Berlin and Brown schools in Delaware County and later graduated from The Ohio State University in 1941. After college, Alda worked in the Curtis Wright factory riveting airplanes to help with the war effort. On November 1, 1942 she married the love of her life, Jay Skinner and to this union they were blessed with two children, Gary and Pam. Alda was a room mother, served on PTA committees, took her kids to activities, and served as a 4-H leader for the Brown Busy Bees and the Brown Farmerettes 4-H Clubs. Alda also worked as head cook at Brown Elementary, was a teller at the Delaware County Bank, and worked in the Delaware County Welfare Department's Foster and Adoptive Children placements. She also was very active in the family farming operations including keeping the financial books for the farm, as well as those for their local milk cooperative. Alda and her husband Jay enjoyed playing canasta and euchre with friends, conference trips with Ohio Farmers, visiting Jay's Texas Army buddies, traveling, and camping. They also enjoyed get-togethers and traveling with their Olentangy Horse Club. Alda and Jay were also Farm Bureau members and enjoyed evenings with their Farm Bureau Council. As an active and faithful member of the Kilbourne United Methodist Church from her childhood, she served various offices including the Women's Society helping to prepare and arrange many ice cream socials, dinners, and other events. Alda loved Christmas and other family gathering times. Left behind to cherish her memory are her son, Gary (Carolyn) Skinner of Delaware; daughter, Pam (Jim) Smith of Delaware; four grandsons and eight great grandchildren; brother, Bernard Hatten of Upper Arlington; sister, Esther Blevins of Jefferson, OH. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Jay, and a brother Eugene. The Skinner family would like to thank the wonderful staff in Passages at Willowbrook for their care, concern, and comforting words. Private family graveside services will be held in the Greenmound Cemetery, Kilbourne. A Celebration of Life gathering will be held for family and friends on Sunday, June 23 from 4-6 p.m. at the Willowbrook Christian Village Terrace Room, 100 Willowbrook Way South, Delaware, OH 43015. Contributions in her memory may be made to Willowbrook Christian Village, Kilbourne United Methodist Church, 5591 St. Rt. 521, Kilbourne, OH 43032, or to the donor's choice of charity. The SNYDER RODMAN FUNERAL CENTER is honored to serve the Skinner family. Condolences may be expressed to the family and memories may be shared by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com
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Published in The Columbus Dispatch on June 19, 2013