Gertrude Isabelle Skinner, the daughter of Eugene and Lillian (Watts) Shuck, was born on December 22, 1913 in Superior, Nebraska. She passed away on October 7, 2012 at Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems, Beloit, Kansas at the age of 98 years, 9 months, 15 days.
She was baptized in the Methodist Episcopal Church at Superior on May 18, 1924 and remained a member until the time of her death.
She attended the Superior Public Schools and graduated from High School with the Class of 1931. Following graduation she resided and worked in Lincoln, and studied voice with a private teacher. At the end of a year's study she returned to Superior and was employed as cashier at the Lyric Theater.
On February 14, 1934 she was married to Eli Skinner of Ruskin. To this union one child, Jack, was born. The family lived on a farm north east of Ruskin for 12 years at which time they moved into the village of Ruskin.
Upon her husband's death in 1973, Gertrude moved to Superior, Nebraska where she resided for 3 years prior to moving to Hastings, Nebraska.
As long as health permitted she was an active participant in church, music, social, civic, literary and educational circles.
She was the author of the newspaper column, ‘Our Little Town' which appeared in the Lincoln Journal for 15 years and the author of the column, ‘Letter from Home' which appeared in the Hastings Tribune for 5 years. In 1989 she was named ‘Poet of Merit' by the American Poetry Association.
In 1967 she served as Chairman of the Nuckolls County Nebraska Centennial Commission.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Eli, 4 sisters Hazel Fisher, Clara Heal, Beulah Jacoby and Frances Swanson and 2 brothers Noel "Spud" Shuck, and Carol Shuck of Superior.
She is survived by her son Jack Skinner and wife Sandra of Superior and three grandchildren Pam, Brad and Andrea Skinner and three great grandchildren and four generations of nieces, and nephews; many other relatives and host of friends.
Services at: Megrue-Price Funeral Home, Superior, Nebraska
Time of Service: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 2:00 pm
Clergy: Rev. Dr. Jocelyn Tupper
Burial: Spring Creek Cemetery, Ruskin, Nebraska
Memorials to: Good Samaritan Society or the First United Methodist Church
Visitation: From 1:00 pm-8:00 pm on Tuesday with family present to greet friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Megrue-Price Funeral Home
Funeral Home: Megrue-Price Funeral Home, 750 N Commercial, Superior, Nebraska 68978 Phone 402-879-3900
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