Betty Jean Salmons Skidmore, 66, of Crystal River, FL passed away unexpectedly from an illness on October 26, 2021. Family was by her side to comfort her. Betty was born in Alexandria, Virginia to Ennis Lee and James Wesley Salmons Jr. on December 22, 1954. Her father was a military officer and the family relocated extensively throughout her early childhood. She graduated from Hernando High School in Brooksville, Florida class of 1973. During her high school career she was the Southern Majorette on the majorette squad; she also played clarinet in the HHS band. After graduation she met her first husband Erick Preston Smith, with whom she had a daughter Christina Lynn Smith. After Erick's passing, Betty was married to her second husband Larry Joe Skidmore Sr. until his untimely passing in 2005. She and Larry ran both Skidmore's Sports Supply and Action Design businesses successfully in Citrus County Florida. Betty was a member of First Baptist Church of Crystal River. She dearly loved singing in the choir, participating in the annual Living Christmas Tree celebration and other programs. Betty was deeply loved and cherished by family and everyone who met her. She will be dearly missed and always remembered. Betty was predeceased by her mother, Ennis Lee Salmons, father, James Wesley Salmons Jr., stepfather, Elmer E. "Slim" Simpson, her first husband Erick Preston Smith and her loving husband Larry Joe Skidmore Sr. She is survived by her daughter Christina Lynn McMinn and husband Brandon of Crystal River, FL; granddaughter Erica Michelle Almeida and husband Nick, also of Crystal River, FL; four great grandchildren, Camilla Almeida, Davey, Felix and Violet; sister Linda Bailey and husband Rick of Johnson City, TN; sister Sarah Lee Simpson Laws of N. Wilkesboro, NC and, niece Karen Marie Laws also of N. Wilkesboro, NC. Betty requested a celebration of life be held in her honor as opposed to traditional funeral services. We request all of Betty's loved ones to join us in celebrating her beautiful life at a location to be determined on December 22, 2021.
Published by Citrus County Chronicle on Nov. 21, 2021.