Lael A. Skeffington

Born: Sun., Jan. 25, 1931
Died: Fri., Jul. 29, 2016


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   Lael A. Skeffington, 85 of Quincy died at 8:06 p.m. Friday (July 29, 2016) in Blessing Hospital.

   Born January 25, 1931 in Phoenix, AZ, Lael was the daughter of Howard Thomas and Tolietha Willenburg Chapman.  She married Joseph Herbert Skeffington on January 27, 1949 at George Air Force Base near Victorville, CA.  He preceded her in death on June 4, 1990.  They retired in 1974 in Rough and Ready, CA.  She moved to Quincy to be near her daughters in 2010.

   Lael was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Grass Valley, California where she was the church secretary and the choir director.  She was an accomplished singer and gifted in crafting and sewing.  She enjoyed reading, watching old movies, camping with her husband in the desert in Arizona and boating on Lake Powell in Arizona.  She especially loved spending time with all her family and taking care of her four pet cats namely Cat, Kiah, OC and KC.

   Lael served her country in the Women's Army Air Force (WAFF).  She was a swim coach in California High Schools and in the AAU.

   Survivors include three sons, Douglas J Skeffington (Judy) of Wilmington, DE; John P. Skeffington of Loma Rica, CA and Howard T. Skeffington (Maria) of Concord, NH; two daughters Ginny M. Skeffington (Chuck Miller) of Quincy and Caren S. Busen (Roger) of Timewell, IL; ten grandchildren Marie Skeffington of Wilmington, DE, Sarah Carzares (Joe) of San Antonio, TX, Jason Skeffington of San Antonio, TX, Zach Skeffington of Sacramento, CA, Eliza Skeffington of Loma Rica, CA, Alex Skeffington (Heather) of Chico, CA; Drew Busen (Cassie), Evan Busen both of Osage Beach, MO, Jacob Skeffington of Seattle, WA and Lael Skeffington of Woodstock, IL.  Also surviving are seven great-grandchildren, a sister Tee Dee Haines of Phoenix, AZ, and many loving nieces and nephews.

  Mrs. Skeffington was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters Janetta Doctor and Roberta Duncan, one brother Thomas Chapman and a daughter-in-law Wanda Skeffington.

  Cremation rites have been accorded.  A Memorial Service for family and friends will take place at a later date in the desert at Gila Bend, Arizona.

   Memorials may be made to the Mysthenia Gravis Foundation of America.

   The Zehender Robinson Stormer Cookson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Joyce Bustinduy
   Posted Sat July 30, 2016
Ginny & family -- Thinking of you during this difficult time. Your mom was super and I have fond memories of her.

My heart goes out to all of you.

Love and peace.


Pat and Art Schneider
   Posted Sun July 31, 2016
We are saddened with the loss of this special lady. We had the pleasure of knowing her for such a short time. We are impressed with the beauty of her children and feel truly blessed to have Howard as a son-in-law. Lael's loving influence has made him the man we are proud to have as part of our family today. Our love and prayers are with you all.

Scott & Julie
   Posted Wed August 03, 2016
Howard & Maria,
We were deeply saddened to hear of your loss.
Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you and your extended family, during this difficult time.

Linda Browne
   Posted Wed August 03, 2016
I was deeply saddened to hear the news of the loss of your mother. I remember our conversations about her and her service in the Womens' Air Force. My sincere prayers are with the both of you.

Ray and Nell
   Posted Sun August 07, 2016
Please accept our Humble and Blessed Condolences. We remember Lael very well singing for us of His Heavenly Kingdom. May she be at Home in His Divine Presence.

All Our Love, Ray and Nell


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