Marguerite Stewart Skipper passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on Feb. 27, 2014.
She was born March 23, 1924, in Covena, Ga., to Barnell and Lonie Powell Stewart. Marguerite moved to Bartow, Fla., at the age of two.
She graduated from Summerlin Institute where she met and on Aug. 10, 1947, married John Raab Skipper. Marguerite then moved with Raab to Sebring where they lived and she became involved with the family cattle business serving as secretary and treasurer of Skipper Cattle Corp.
Marguerite was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Sebring Historical Society, Highlands County Historic Preservation Commission, Sebring Woman’s Club, Lifetime member of the VFW Auxiliary, Highlands County Jury Commission, and various other civic and political organizations.
In 1977 Marguerite was named “Florida Mother of the Year.” That same year she was also awarded the “Dick Pope Service Award” at Cypress Gardens.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Raab Skipper Sr., and son, William Vanderipe “Van” Skipper (Rogena).
She is survived by her sons, John Raab Skipper Jr. (Leesa) Lake Placid, and Dr. Stewart Allen Skipper (Ginny) Avon Park; nine grandchildren, Victoria Skipper, Tampa; Justin Rymer (Natsha), Philadelphia; Stewart Skipper (Lori), Wesley Chapel; Rachel Wilson (Craig), Birmingham; Nathan Skipper, Sarasota; Raab Skipper, Lake Placid; Jonathan Skipper, Tampa; Leighton Skipper, Lake Placid; Paige Skipper, Ocala; two great-grandchildren, Madison Wilson, Birmingham; Zeb Rymer, Philadelphia and a sister, Martha Miller, Bartow.
The family would like to express a special thanks to caregivers Ebba Osterlund, Ruth Ann Bierce, and Good Shepherd Hospice. May God bless each and every one of you!
Visitation is 10 a.m. with a service to follow at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church of Sebring.
Graveside service follows in the Pinecrest Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the “Van Skipper scholarship fund” at the First United Methodist Church, Sebring, Fla.
Arrangements entrusted to Stephenson-Nelson Funeral Home, Sebring, www.stephensonnelsonfh.com.