Wilma M. Edwards Skinner (1921 - 2014)

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OLEAN - Wilma M. Edwards Skinner, formerly of 1370 Witherell Heights, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014, at The Pines Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center following a lengthy illness.
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 for General Electric following the war. Wilma and her husband, Ralph, owned and operated Lundberg Skinner Granite Co. in Westons Mills for many years.
They wintered in Florida for many years, and they were also instrumental in starting the Olean 4-H Riding Club. She attended the Hinsdale United Methodist Church. She was 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 Riveters" 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. (Shelly) Skinner of Richburg; four foster children, Jean Finley (Pete) Peters of Massachusetts, Marilyn Dumire of Virginia, Margarite James of New York and Robert Flick of West Virginia; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Carroll E. (Midge) Edwards of Bath; 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 gathering will be held Sunday (May 25, 2014) in the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home, Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean, from 1 to 2 p.m., at which time a memorial service will be held. The Rev. Willis Webb will officiate. Burial will be at Chestnut Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hinsdale Fire Dept., 3832 Main St., Hinsdale, New York, 14743 or to Kinney Hose Company, 1300 Olean-Portville Road, Olean, New York 14760.
Online condolences may be made at www.LetroMcIntoshSpinkFuneralHome.com
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Published in The Olean Times Herald on May 22, 2014