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Sara Jean Skillin


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Sara Jean Skillin Obituary
SARA JEAN SKILLIN Sara Skillin, a longtime resident of Durham, passed away peacefully on November 1st 2016 at Roseleaf Garden in Chico. Sara was the daughter of Jesse George Horr and Pauline (Huse) Horr. Sara met her husband Bob, in high school and were married February 11th 1956. They were married for 59 years. She was a loving mother and sister. She is survived by her daughter Kathy Hutchinson, her son Rick Skillin, her younger sister Caralee Sohnrey, and her younger brother Harry Harr (Nancy). She also leaves three grandchil-dren Brent Hutchinson, Brian Hutchinson (Sadie), Catie Skillin. Sara was pre-deceased by her husband Bob Skillin and her older sister Jackie Roff. Early in her marriage she owned and operated a plant nursey in Durham. Sara was a partner in the Family Farm, Skillin Ranch, Inc., for 40 years, and Durham Machine Works. She also was a substitute mail carrier in Durham. She and her daughter, Kathy, owned and operated Gold Run Iris Garden for 9 years where she not only loved the flowers, but also the many friends she made there. She had attended Chico State University to become a teacher, but ended up getting married and starting her family, instead. Sara was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, where she served as Worthy Matron, Durham Rebecca's where she also held offices, the Leo T. Clark Iris Society where she was president. Sara was an active supporter and board member for the Exchange Club's Preven-tion of Child Abuse Center in Chico, where she helped deliver Christmas gifts to children and food baskets to families for 8 years. She taught Sunday school and helped in her children and grandchildren's classrooms, a member of Durham Grange, Checkerboard Square Dancers, Durham Good Sam's, Durham Women's Club, Durham Eastside Club, and PTA. She was known for her loving care of children and delighted not only in her own, but in her many nieces and nephews. She excelled at being a grandma. Sara also loved doing crafts, sew-ing, gardening, cooking, and doing a good challenging jig saw puzzle. She was very clever and talented. There will be a visitation on Friday night Novem-ber 11th from 5-8 at Brusie Funeral Home. Services will be Saturday November 12th at 1:00 at Brusie Funeral Home, A short graveside service at Glen Oaks will follow as will a reception at the United Methodist Church in Durham. Instead of flowers please make contribu-tions to the Exchange Club's Prevention of Child Abuse Center in Chico, Durham Volunteer Fire Department, or the Butte County Search and Rescue. Condolences may be sent to the family online at BrusieFH.com.
Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Nov. 9, 2016
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