David Lubin Skibell passed away May 26, 2014 in Houston, TX. Graveside service will be held at Beth Yeshurun Post Oak Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: M.D. Anderson, Leukemia Research or Congregation Beth Yeshurun. |
My Dear Beloved David,
We were introduced briefly at the bus station in Austin; Down the road, our paths crossed again, when you came to UT Dental School, around the corner from the then Houston Speech and Hearing Center, where I was doing my Clinic Practice. And so we fell in love!
You were born January 3, 1941 in Greenville, Texas to Beloved Bertha (Mimi) and Archie Skibell, following your older brothers Irvin and Bernard. In Mimi's "dream for a daughter" they gifted you with a baby brother, Richard, who would become your "shadow" in life, all the way to the orthodontic lab.
Later you moved to Lubbock where your family joined your loving aunts, uncles and cousins to blend a beautiful fabric of traditional Judaism that they brought from Poland with life on the West Texas Plains. As Mimi worked side by side with Archie, loving Annie Quattlebaum took you to the Lubbock Fair, and created the traditional "Skibell Chickie Pillow," a small pillow with baby chicks on the cover; These pillows have no boundaries of generations or age, and yours was with you so often in your life. You loved to drag 55'Chevies on country roads, and roller skate to Buddy Holly music.
We married December 20th, 1964, and soon after your graduation from Dental School you served two years as Captain in the United States Army. As we moved to Ft. Gordon, Ga, . we dreamed we would take up golf together in Augusta. You loved the game, every course you played, and especially, every friend you met along the way. I, on the other hand, kept missing the ball, and took up sewing and the drums, instead.
Back in Houston, you continued your orthodontic training, and we were blessed with our son Bentley and our daughter Hillary. Our life together was wonderful, often filled with loving family and friends; Also, we were both easy going, simple people, who found complete happiness just being at home together.
In spite of the years and miles between you, you and your brothers bonded in a beautiful team spirit, meeting up in Lubbock, gathering your Ski gear, (monogrammed, I.D.A.S.T.,) and enjoying the slopes together. In later years, you added golf trips to your venue, always ending the nights with a Hearts Game, you and Bernard (middle brother,) against Irvin and Richard (the oldest and the youngest.) Destiny has left Richard the lone survivor, but the love and good times are not forgotten.
You were truly a gentle and kind man, and a son to my father and mother, as well as your own. With the loss of my mother and sister, you so warmly welcomed my father, (with Alzheimer's) to live his final years with us, as Carmen cared for him. We always enjoyed our traditional Jewish Holidays together, and found peace at our Congregation Beth Yeshurun.
In these past months of your illness, it was you that provided the strength and support to your family and friends. Your many wonderful and caring buddies were there for you always, in so many ways, showing up with calls, books, visits, golf updates, and the warmest of hearts. Professionally, your colleagues reached out to help you so often. Dr. Jim Stamper (Diane, Ross and Peyton,) and Dr. Katia Lemke (Ernie ) gave you the greatest consideration and respect during this time.
Our family gives thanks and appreciation to Dr. Gautam Borthakur and his team that worked so hard, on your behalf, at M.D. Anderson, and a special gratitude to Adrien Subora.
Our family that has shared such love and good times will always keep you in our hearts; Hillary Skibell, Dr. Bentley SKibell, Dr. Risa Cohen, Dr. Richard Skibell ,Andrea, Betty Skibell, Alan, Susie, Cindy, David, Aaron, Jacob, Barbara, Joseph, Arianna, Steven, Michael, Lynn, Charles, Reid, Tugba, Eren, Whitney, All Skibell Cousins, Barry, Cynthia, Melanie, Lauren, Goldberg/Allshouse Family, Tante Mitzi and Barney Weiss, and All Hurwitz cousins.
As the sun was setting on our earthly life together, I knew we did not quite make our 50th Anniversary, for all eternity.
I love you, Chell
Published in Houston Chronicle from May 27 to May 28, 2014