Phyllis Marie Corley Skidmore, 96, a resident of Valley Bend, departed this life early Wednesday morning, Feb. 6, 2013, in Hospice Care Regional Inpatient Center at Elkins.
She was born Tuesday, Feb. 8, 1916, in Randolph County, a daughter of the late Russell B. and Rachel L. Wagner Corley.
On April 6, 1933, she was married to Thomas Freeman Skidmore, who preceded her in death.
Surviving are three sons Thomas R. Skidmore and wife, Betty, of Elkins, William J. Skidmore and David A. Skidmore and wife, Tess, all of Valley Bend; one daughter, Connie Clark and husband, John, of Bel Air, Md.; three brothers, Aderian Corley of Cleveland, Ohio, Donald Corley and Homer J. Corley, both of Akron, Ohio; one sister, Shirley Baldwin of Akron, Ohio; and 21 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and 11 great-great-grandchildren.
Preceding her in death were four brothers, Deward, William, Kenneth and Gary Corley; one daughter, Kathleen Skidmore Munka; and two grandsons, Ricky Skidmore and Bradley Russell Skidmore.
Phyllis attended the schools of Junior, Gage, Meriden and Weaver, and had worked for the United States Postal Service at Mill Creek, retiring in 1968.
Even in the service of her fellow man, Phyllis Corley Skidmore was lovingly called by many names. Throughout her life, she seamlessly maintained the roles of wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, missionary and caretaker.
She was a devoted member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a staunch advocate for humanity. She loved life, family, friends, faith, fun and hard work, but most of all, she loved children. She always said, "I know that my heaven will be filled with Children."
The family will receive friends at Lohr & Barb Funeral Home of Elkins from 6 to 8 p.m. today. On Saturday, Feb. 9, Mrs. Skidmore will be moved to The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, where final rites will be conducted at 1 p.m. Bishop Ralph Bennett will officiate, and interment will follow in the Brick Church Cemetery at Huttonsville.
The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to Hospice Care Corp., 169 Diamond St., Elkins, WV 26241. Lohr & Barb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements for Phyllis Marie Corley Skidmore. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.lohrbarbfuneralhome.com.