Evelyn Mary (Rieuf) Skinner, 96, of Grand Ridge went to join the Lord on September 14, 2022.
Visitation will be held Monday, September 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Grand Ridge Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 20 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrews in the Field Church.
Burial will be in St. Andrews Cemetery. His grandchildren will be porters and honorary porters.
Evelyn was born on April 20, 1926 in Marseille to George and Irene (Engle) Rieuf. She married John R. Skinner on November 15, 1945. He predeceased her on January 15, 1976.
Surviving is her stepdaughter Janice Skinner of Colorado, children; Janice (Mike) Dunne from Missouri, James (Glenda) Skinner from Texas, Jeffrey (Shawna) Skinner from Grand Ridge, Jean (Randall) Molnar from South Carolina, Jayne (Daniel) Cross from Pennsylvania, Judith (Kevin) Chalfant from Grand Ridge, Julius (Barb) Skinner of Grand Ridge and Juanita (Daryl) Heider of Missouri. She is also survived by 24 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
She is predeceased by her parents, her husband John, her eldest son John in 2006, her brothers, George, Clarence and Glen Rieuf, her sisters, Jeanette Youngling and Elsie Adams.
Evelyn was a faithful Christian who dearly loved the Lord and his large family. Her father wouldn’t let her go to high school, but she completed her GED later in life. She worked at Libby Owens during World War II milling rivets in airplane windshields and she worked with the Evelyn Brue School of Music. She provided bus rides and home-cooked meals for Deer Park Elementary School. After being widowed, she returned to work at Libby Owens Ford and the LaSalle County Courthouse until her retirement.
Evelyn had a compassionate heart and was full of joy and laughter. She worked hard all her life, and when she wasn’t at work, she enjoyed gardening, canning, traveling, Euchre, playing her steel guitar, and spending time with her family. She was also very proud of the fact that she was alone on a plane.
Memorials may be made in his honor at the Grand Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, the LaSalle County Nursing Home, or a charity chosen by the donors.
Grand Ridge Funeral Home
125 Sylvain Ave.
Grand Ridge, IL 61325