Russell Lee Griffin
Worthington Funeral Home Chapel
Thursday November 12th, 2015
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Mrs. Johnnie Skipworth, 93, of Carrollton, passed away at Brookhaven Nursing and Rehabilitation in Carrollton on Saturday morning, July 25, 2020. She was born on May 18, 1927, in Dallas, TX., the daughter of Forest Butler Cross and Myrtle Elizabeth Hammonds Cross. She married Robert Glen Skipworth on December 17, 1942 in Dallas; he preceded her in death. Johnnie found her fulfillment in life as a homemaker.
Mrs. Skipworth is survived by her three grandsons: Tom Penny of Fate, TX., Robert Penny of Ponder, TX., and Shane Starnes of Sanger, TX. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Robert, and a daughter, Bobbie Ann Quelette.
Arrangements are pending.
My sons and I had the honor of serving Mrs. Skipworth for the past several years, visiting with her monthly, and sometimes more. Though she would've gone by Ms. Johnnie, I always felt I should call her Mrs. Skipworth since my northern learnings in how to address my elders are ingrained. Over the years I've had many wonderful talks with Mrs. Skipworth as she shared life events of her and her family. I always thought it was neat that she had lived in Carrollton all of her life, and almost all of her adult life in her house on Keneipp Road. I remember her telling me how when she was dating her husband (before marriage) they would go to the movies at the theater in old downtown Carrollton. I think she told me that her parents lived 8 blocks from downtown. Sometimes when she was out, her mother would yell for her when it was time to come home, and I guess you could hear it near downtown.
Mrs. Skipworth and her husband were huge country music fans (as am I), so we sometimes talked about musicians she saw. She said that she and her husband would go dancing at the honky tonks most every weekend for a long time. Her husband, a professional welder, even did some decorative welding outside one of the places they would go to. I think it might have been the old Top Rail Ballroom. They had even made the pilgrimage to the Grand Old Opry.
Johnnie and her husband would also take rides up north to the Arbuckle Mountains in Oklahoma, but more specifically to get fried pies at Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies. Her favorite flavor was apricot.
When we would come visit her, the porch was decorated with colorful and festive bird sculptures and her door was open to visitors. She talked about life, health, family and had strong opinions, but would not go into the areas of religion or politics.
Mrs. Skipworth loved gardening and continued to try to work in her garden for as long as she was able.
She spoke well of her Grandsons who would come regularly from far off to take care of home maintenance needs so she could continue to live in her house for as long as she could. That was quite a gift!. She also talked about her wonderful neighbor who, during the week, was up early for a long shift in Fort Worth but still would bring her a plated meal every evening.
I will miss our talks with Mrs. Skipworth, but, though I don't know her personal thoughts on this because she did not discuss religion, I hope and believe that she is finally in physical comfort and at peace with her husband and daughter who preceded her. God speed, Mrs. Skipworth! Until we meet again!
Michael Hawkins Jul 29 2020 12:00 AM