Barbara Jo and Beverly Ann Thomas-Skripsky
1950 - 2017
THOMAS, Barbara Jo (Sova) SKRIPSKY, Beverly Ann (Sova) Twin sisters were killed Sunday October 22nd in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico while walking on the beach. Barbara Jo (Sova) Thomas of McKinney, TX and Beverly Ann (Sova) Skripsky of Scottsdale, AZ, both 67, were hit by a rogue wave that carried them out to sea. They both drowned. Barbara and Beverly were devoted wives, mothers, and grandmothers. Barbara was currently retired but worked in the assisted living field caring for elderly citizens. Beverly was currently retired but had a career as a travel agent. Barbara and Beverly were born in Eldora, IA on July 29th, 1950 as twin sisters, to Rudolph and Elsie Sova. Barbara and Beverly attended school in the Tama-Toledo, IA area and graduated from Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, IA in 1968. Barbara graduated from the University of Iowa in 1972. Beverly attended Iowa State University and graduated from Northeast Missouri State University in 1974. Beverly married Harold Skripsky on December 27, 1970 in Cedar Rapids, IA, as Harold was in the armed services and was stationed in Ft. Bragg, NC. She resided in marriage with Harold in Naperville, IL; Telluride, CO; and Scottsdale, AZ. To this union two (2) children were born, Kelly Skripsky and Matthew Skripsky. They were fortunate to have 47 years of marriage together. Barbara married Steve Thomas on July 8, 1972 in Cedar Rapids, IA. They resided in marriage in Des Moines, IA; Shawnee, KS; Plano, TX; and McKinney, TX. To this union one (1) child was born, Todd Thomas. They were fortunate to have 45 years of marriage together. Barbara and Beverly were preceded in death by their parents Rudolph and Elsie Sova. They are both survived by their brothers Tom Sova, Baton Rouge, LA. and Richard Sova, Chicago, IL. Surviving Beverly are her husband Harold Skripsky, Scottsdale, AZ; 2 children Kelly (Brandon) Hurter, Scottsdale, AZ, Matthew (Keli) Skripsky Mattoon, IL and 4 grandchildren Lincoln Hurter, Oscar Hurter, Elsie Hurter, Ace Skripsky. Surviving Barbara are her husband Steve Thomas, McKinney, TX; one son - Todd (Jamille) Thomas, Prosper, TX, and one granddaughter Tiffany Thomas. Lifelong best friends, the twin sisters were inseparable as they planned family get togethers and joint vacations throughout their lives. They will both be truly missed by all who knew their friendly smiles, warm personalities, and kind unwavering spirit to help anyone in need. A joint Celebration of Life is scheduled for both sisters on Saturday November 18, 2017 in Plano, TX. Services are planned at 10:30 AM at Christ United Methodist Church, 3101 Coit Road, Plano, TX followed by a lunch at Glen Eagles Country Club, 5401 West Park Blvd, Plano, TX.

Published by Dallas Morning News on Oct. 29, 2017.
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As Easter approaches, I am thinking of you Barb. I miss our phone conversations . I am so pleased that we were able to stay in contact over the years. I remember so many things about the fun we had growing up. Good times, great memories. Love you, miss you.
Mary Ann Currier
April 17, 2019
As Easter approaches, I am thinking of you Barb. I miss our phone conversations . I am so pleased that we were able to stay in contact over the years. I remember so many things about the fun we had growing up. Good times, great memories. Love you, miss you.
Mary Ann Currier
April 17, 2019
Another year has come and gone, not a day goes by that I don't think about you. Sometimes you're the first thing I think about when I wake up still. I wish you were here, I know you would know what to do. You deserved so much more from life. I am so sorry. I wish we would have had more time, there's so much I wish I could say to you. I am trying to do right by you with my own family, at least I know that is what you would have wanted.

Your granddaughter is 5 now... She still remembers you sometimes, she remembers having fun with you, going to the park... Her memory is fading though, it hurts to see that. You were the best grandmother I could have hoped for to her, and I hate that time was cut short for both of you.

I hope for the impossible, that we will see each other again someday. Not that I've done anything in life to deserve that, but you have. I miss you and Bev so much, and I'm still trying to figure out how to move forward. I'll keep trying, I promise.

Happy New Year, 2019
January 1, 2019
Merry Christmas Mom. It was so hard not having you here with us today. We gave Tiffany the last two presents you bought her, we will keep them forever. She is too young to understand just how important they are now, but we will keep them safe until she does.

We all miss you. I hope you know how much I love you, and I always will.

Eris in corde meo usque in sempiternum.
December 25, 2017
I will miss you so much my friend. I was honored to be a life long friend. We had some really great times growing up together. This world was a better place because of you. I will carry you in my heart from now on. Love you
November 16, 2017
Her great laugh will be missed. No matter how long apart we would make time to talk by phone or see each other when I was in town. Barb was the first smile you would see at work. Greatly missed. Stephania Bryant
Stephania Bryant
November 16, 2017
As we all meander through life, sometimes we get lucky and meet someone who is really special. Vibrant and vivacious, she would light up the room. She was a wonderful friend to my sister and my family. As my Mom aged, she was most helpful in giving insight and advice on the care of the aged. I will never forget those mighty tasty King Ranch Chicken Casseroles that she would make for my us when my Mom had a medical procedure or a surgery. She enriched our lives here on earth and will now share her "some kind of wonderful" in Heaven. We are better folks for knowing her. Forever in our hearts and minds, we will miss you but never forget you!
Erich von Steiner
November 15, 2017
Barb, who I affectionately referred to as "Barbalicious", was my closest friend. We met when we both worked at the assisted living facility together. Though it may sound corny, but it was 'friends at first sight' !!!!! Our close friendship developed over the next 7 years. She was the most loving and caring person you'd ever want to have in your life. Mine will never be the same without her in it. I'm thankful for those wonderful years we shared. "Barb, you will be in my heart forever."
Lynn Gallagher
November 5, 2017
Barb was such a special bright spirit at Edenbrook of Plano while my Dad was in Memory Care there. She often helped me with my feelings of guilt.
Barb's bright light here on earth will be missed.
Prayers, blessings, love and hugs for her family and friends.
Susan Banes
November 4, 2017
Dear family members of Barb and Beverly,

I have such fond memories of going to their home when they lived in Toledo and just hanging out. They were such good people.
My deepest condolences to all

Karen Lazar
Karen Lazar
November 3, 2017
I am deeply saddened by the news of Barb and Bev; they were like my little sisters. The ladies were the sweetest, kindest, and most loving women, and so much fun to be around, always with a smile on their faces. I have been in shock since I heard the news. Even though I haven't seen them for a while, they have always held a special place in my heart, and always will. My condolences to the families!
Marian Dyer
November 2, 2017
With deepest sympathies for the loss of your Love Ones. May the power ease your sorrows, give you peace and provide much comfort for you during this difficult time. Matthew 21:22
October 30, 2017
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