OLEAN - Wilma M. Edwards Skinner, formerly of 1370 Witherell Heights, passed away Wednesday (Jan. 8, 2014), at the Pines Health & Rehab, following a lengthy illness.
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Wilma was born Nov. 7, 1921, in Whitesville, and was a daughter of Herbert A. and Rose M. Church Edwards. On Aug. 31, 1943, in Illinois, she married her husband of almost 57 years, Ralph H. Skinner, who predeceased her May 27, 2000.
Wilma graduated from Greenwood Central School in 1938. She worked for Bell Aircraft during World War II, and then following the war for General Electric. Wilma and her husband, Ralph, owned and operated the Lundberg Skinner Granite Company in Westons Mills for many years. They wintered in Florida for many years, and were also instrumental in starting the Olean 4-H Riding Club. She attended the Hinsdale United Methodist Church. She is a life member of the ladies auxiliary in both the Westons Mills Fire Department and the Andover Fire Department. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Tyler Chapter 97 in Portville, a member of "Rosie's Riverters" while working at Bell Aircraft, and the Cuba CBCD Radio Club. Wilma enjoyed horseback riding and family reunions, but her true enjoyment came from spending time with her grandchildren.
Wilma is survived by three sons, Ralph A. (Deborah) Skinner of Olean, Larry E. (Bertha) Skinner of Hinsdale, and Richard K. Skinner of Richburg; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Carroll E. (Midge) Edwards of Bath; and many nieces and nephews.
Along with her loving husband, Wilma was predeceased by four brothers, Ronald Edwards, Charles B. Edwards, Nathan Edwards, and Herbert H. Edwards; and five sisters, Joyce A. Edwards as an infant, Iva Lou Trent, Velma Rhude, Luella VanSkiver, and Evelyn Hann.
A memorial service will be held in May in the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean, at a time to be announced. Burial will be in Chestnut Hill Cemetery.
Arrangements are under the direction of Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, 646 E. State St., Olean, N.Y. 14760.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hinsdale Fire Dept., #3832 Main Street, Hinsdale, New York, 14743 or to the Kinney Hose Company, 1300 Olean-Portville Road, Olean, NY, 14760.
Online condolences may be made at www.LetroMcIntoshSpinkFuneralHome.com.
Published in The Olean Times Herald on Jan. 14, 2014