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Lael A. Skeffington

January 25, 1931 ~ July 29, 2016 (age 85)

   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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