Jan 182013

Bernice Shumway Skinner, 87, passed into the next life on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, in Snowflake to be with her husband, David Grant Skinner; her parents, James Lester and Uldene Shumway; and two sons who died at birth, Joseph Royal Skinner and James Francis Skinner. Services will be held on Monday, Jan. 21, at 933 E. Brown Road in Mesa, with a viewing at 9 a.m., the funeral at 10 a.m. and a graveside service following at 4 p.m. in Taylor, where she will be buried next to her eternal companion, Grant Skinner.
She leaves behind three loving children who cared for her very much, but are happy she has been released from her crippled body to run, jump and play like she always wanted to do. Her remaining children are David Lorin Skinner of Flagstaff, Kenneth Grant Skinner at the Veterans Nursing Home in Phoenix and Janice Skin-ner Nobel, who resides with her husband Ken Nobel of Mesa.
Born and raised in Taylor, Bernice got polio at age two, went through several surgeries in California, and wore casts or braces for several years. It did not slow her down much, as she still participated in playing with dolls, playing hospital, and coloring with her girl friends and sisters. She loved her sisters Earna Larson, Jessee Baldwin, Ruth Porter and Barbara McGrath. She also adored her brothers Carol Shumway, Kent Shumway, and Kly Shumway, who spent lots of time carrying her from place to place.
She met her beloved husband as they were both enrolled at Eastern Arizona College at Thatcher. They were married June 1, 1945, in the LDS temple at Mesa.
Bernice was a good homemaker and an excellent caring and loving mother. Her talents were loving and caring for friends and family. She also wrote poems throughout her life. She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her musical talent was appreciated as she sang, played the piano and led music for her church. She had many of the church hymns memorized so she did not need the hymn book at church services. The last few days of her life she was able to sing and enjoy music.
Her last two years were in the Webb Adult Care Home in Snowflake under the direction of Hospice of Show Low the last year. In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to Hospice of Show Low.
Arrangements were under the direction of Bernice’s grandson, Scott Skinner at Norvel Owens Mortuary.