Lisa Skidmore Sexton, age 48, of Carlsbad, New Mexico, passed away July 17, 2017. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM, July 22, 2017, at the Leo Sweet Community Center, 1302 Mission Ave., Carlsbad, NM. Denton-Wood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. Lisa was born April 6, 1969 in Brazoria County, Texas to Robert V. Skidmore (Van) and Linda Jessee West. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert V. Skidmore, sister, Jarin West; cousin, Camille Bentley; aunt, Nola Jessee Bentley, and grandparents. Survivors are her mother, Linda Jessee West of Carlsbad, New Mexico; stepfather and adopted father-by-love, George West of Carlsbad; ex-husband and friend, Don Sexton, stepmother Carolyn Skidmore, siblings Damon West, Marty West Banks and Amy West Calvani of Carlsbad; Kit West of Oklahoma; Heather West Miller of Arizona and Scheli Skidmore Mitchell, Schawna Skidmore Rojo and Rachel Skidmore Jones of Texas; uncle Robert E. Jessee and wife Gemma of Carlsbad, uncle Doc West and wife Rita; aunt Janie Morrison and husband Richard of North Carolina, cousin Nathan Bentley of Texas, and numerous beloved nieces and nephews who knew her as Auntie Lisa. Lisa excelled as a student at Carlsbad High School, graduating near the top of her class in 1987. She was a member of Troubadours and Swing Choir and was editor of her high school yearbook. After high school, Lisa took an unconventional route; not the last time in her life she did not do the expected. She worked several jobs; school bus driver, truck driver and water well mechanic, and started keeping books for some small businesses, including Portraits by West. She learned bookkeeping entirely on her own. In 1995 she opened her own accounting and tax preparation business, Accu-Rite, certified as an enrolled agent which allowed her to represent taxpayers before the IRS. All who knew Lisa will remember her as a true individual. An individual who treated others with great respect. An individual who always tried to help and support others. An individual who was genuine and who sought to make her own way in life. What a huge and stunning loss of this beautiful, wonderful soul. Memorial contributions may be made to Noah's Ark Animal Shelter, 5217 Buena Vista Drive, Carlsbad, NM 88220 Written by Linda West and special friend Larry Pardue
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Published by Carlsbad Current-Argus on Jul. 21, 2017.