Lula M. Skinner (Lou), 96, of Hannibal, passed away March 8, 2019, at Delmar Gardens of Meramec Valley in Fenton.

Lula M. Skinner (Lou), 96, of Hannibal, passed away March 8, 2019, at Delmar Gardens of Meramec Valley in Fenton. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Burial will be at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal. Rev. Tim Goodman will officiate.

Friends and family are invited to Lou's Life Celebration at a visitation from 1 p.m. until the time of services Wednesday at the funeral home.

Lou was born May 31, 1922, in Salem, Neb., to Luther and Rosemary Baker Richardson.

The family moved to Hannibal in 1932, when her father was hired as General Foreman for the construction of the Hannibal High School building. Lou had the distinction of placing the ceremonial first stake in the high school, and she went on to graduate from there in 1940, as did her children and two of her grandchildren. 

She married Marvin L. Skinner of Hannibal on June 9, 1946, and they had three children, all sons. Lou remained Marvin’s devoted wife until his death on June 26, 1990.

Lou was formerly the manager of Griswold’s Furniture store, a part-time bookkeeper for Continental Oil and in 1968, she became a service representative for Southwestern Bell. When the business office closed, she transferred to 800 AT&T, retiring in 1985.

Until the final years of her life, Lou proudly remained in Hannibal and maintained a lively social calendar. A member of Hannibal Regional Hospital Auxiliary, she was chosen as Volunteer of the Year in 1994. She was also an avid Missouri Tigers fan, a past President of Delta Sigma, and a member of the Mark Twain Telephone Pioneers, RSVP, and Park United Methodist Church.

Her pride and joy were her three sons, Terry Skinner (Janice) of Columbia, Tom Skinner (Stephanie) of Roach, and Tim Skinner (Marilyn) of Fenton; grandchildren, Ryan Skinner (Jamie) of Kirksville, Colin Skinner (Tori) of Columbia, Melissa Skinner-Husain (Ali) of Columbia, Summer Anderson (Ken)  of St. Louis, Jason Skinner (Emily) of Nashville, Tenn., and Joe Skinner (Karen) of Memphis, Tenn. Lou also had six great-grandchildren, Johnathan, Savannah, Maisie, Hannah, Samuel and Claire. All of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren survive. She is also survived by nieces Brenda Totten and Sandy Osborne, both of St. Louis, along with numerous other nieces and nephews, and one sister-in-law, Joyce Phillips.

Lou was preceded in death by her parents; and her brother, Robert Richardson. 

Pallbearers will be Joe Skinner, Jason Skinner, Ryan Skinner, Colin Skinner, Ken Anderson and Ali Husain.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

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