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PNT Correspondent

Wilma Skinner was the type of person that lived her life doing things right. According to family members, Skinner was a treasure of influence to all those that knew her because of her generous nature and wise counsel.

She died April 23, 2005, at the age of 88 from complication with a broken hip.

Phyllis Stroup, Wilma Skinner’s daughter, said her mother took great interest in her children and neighboring community when a need presented itself. She was friendly, outgoing and knew how to listen, which was often credited to her own childhood raising.

“She was very loving in the way she cared for other people,” Stroup said. “When Mother was a little girl her family had their own orchard and they always helped other people with food. When she left home, she never got away from that behavior,” Stroup said.

Wilma Stroup was born March 31, 1917, in Pauls Valley Okla., to Maggie and William Herbert Hays. Her family moved from Oklahoma when Wilma was a little girl but her heart remained loyal to her native state even in her later years. Her family lived in Sweetwater, Texas, where she graduated from high school in 1935. She met Mark Skinner in Oklahoma and married him on Sept. 30, 1936, in Sayre, Okla. The couple moved to the Rogers area in 1938 to be closer to other family members. The Skinners were married 51 years before Mark’s death. They had two children together.

Skinner enjoyed sewing, cooking, art and music. One of her recipes was published in a peanut cookbook for a county fair that was later published in several other cookbooks related to the New Mexico Magazine. She was and active member in the Dora Church of Christ, a 4-H leader and taught children’s Sunday school classes.

Family members said that Skinner left a trainload of memories on how one should do things right.

“She and I had a sweet relationship,” said Jerry Skinner, Wilma Skinner’s son. “Growing up, she taught us kids to always be truthful and to know that there was no one better than anyone else,” he said. “It has instilled in me to teach this to my six kids because it will keep a person from feeling intimidated by others,” he said.


Name: Wilma Skinner.

Born: March 31, 1917.

Died: April 23, 2005.

Preceded in death by: Her parents, a brother, J. D. Hays; two sisters, Luava Radcliff and Leona Stevens; and by her husband.

Survived by: A son, Jerry Wayne Skinner (and wife Myra) of Dora; a daughter, Phyllis Ann Stroup (Adrian) of Dora; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, C.H. Hays of Portales and Herbert Hays Jr. of Amarillo; and a sister, Emma Talley of Portales.


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