Lily Frances Skinner

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Lily Frances Skinner, born on May 30, 1944 passed away on April 17, 2020 and is preceded in death by her parents, William K. Thomas Sr and Pauline Ringer Thomas; and siblings, Patsy A. Hamilton, Norma J. Ross and William K. Thomas Jr.

Born in Columbus Ohio and raised in Hanford Village, Lily graduated East High School before joining the United States Navy. Upon returning to Columbus she continued serving by working at Rickenbacker and the Defense Supply Center Columbus, formally DCSC. After retiring from Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS), she went on to work for the Ohio Attorney Generals Office, in childcare and spent her last years in retail at Walmart.

A faithful believer, Lily was first baptized at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church and until her passing continued to spread the message of God’s love through her card ministry. She enjoyed arts and crafts, the holidays, and reading.

She is survived by her two children, Philip C. Skinner (Lisa Baldwin Skinner), and Avis Skinner; grandchild, Olivia E. Skinner; siblings, Sunda Milner, Philip M. Thomas (Cheryl L. Thomas); and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.

She will always be remembered for her kindness and charity towards others.

Private services Friday, May 1, 2020 at COP East, 5456 E. Livingston Ave.

Condolence Messages

  1. We would like to extend our condolences to your family. May you continue to rely on God and know that he hears your prayers, because he cares for you. Sharing your sadness.

  2. Aunt Lily, I will miss you very much. Your loving kindness was always appreciated. You always believed in and blessed my success in every business venture and career move I would make. My biggest fan of my artwork and I loved your craft work. Wow, how I will miss our long conversation. As I write my eyes just fill with tears because I know I had one of the best aunts God could lend me for a season. I can hear your voice so clearly saying . “Missy hold up I have little something for you.” And it was the little pillow with sequins that changed colors when you brushed over. That no one liked. But you loved it. And when I came in your house and I saw it and said, “Auntie this is sooo cute where did you get it? I love it!” You were so happy I saw the same love in that pillow you did and you got me one. I will cherish our many memories. Love you and missing you.

  3. No one can prepare you for a loss; it comes like a swift wind. However, take comfort in knowing that your mom is now resting in the arms of our Lord. Our deepest condolences to you and your family. Love you Family. Juan Jr., Shawn, Victoria, and Ashlei.

  4. Your mother was my supervisor at DFAS, she was one of the most kind hearted people to supervise in the building. She never had a harsh word to say about anyone, always soft spoken. I am sure you ill miss her, but always remember she is with you within you. If its noe more than remembering a kind deed or thought or either a smile..She has gone to a better place; no more sickness ,pain ,sadness, medicine to take;always joy.

  5. Sundabun Milner

    Auntie Lily, I will miss our talks. I will miss your prayers and encouragement . I will miss your beautiful cards and gifts. I will miss your calls checking on me. Thank you for always showing me love and caring about me. May God comfort the family.

  6. Lily was my friend and co-worker at wal-mart she will be miss she was a sweet lady always had a kind word to say. I remember are talks we had. I am sad that the world is a sadder place without her here. The angles are with her .

  7. Rosalind F Lawrence-Groce

    I met Lily while working at DCSC and worked with her in Tech Ops. I will always remember the beautiful person that she was and rare chance meeting at Walmart. My condolences and prayers to her family.

  8. Paulette Thomas Beckford

    Phil and Avis, I would like to offer my most sincerest sympathy on the loss of Aunt Lily. I have such fond memories of her. She was one of the sweetest most caring woman I have ever known. May God provide a peace that surpasses human understanding. I love you both.

  9. I extend my deepest sympathy and condolences to the family during this time of sorry. I know Lily will be missed by her family and friends. I definitely will miss receiving my yearly Christmas card. Rest on!

  10. Mrs. Kitty Kayla Carmona

    I love you so much auntie Lily . I am so greatful for the time we spent together and our talks . Our brunch and shopping were so much fun . I love spending time with you. I know that your in better place but I still miss you. I love you always .

  11. May you Rest In Peace Aunt Lilly always so sweet and loving!! Praying for our family during these times ❤️❤️ Love January Angel and family

  12. HMC Patricia M Waddell USN-RET

    Fair Winds and Following Seas to a fellow WAVE. RIP
    Condolences to the family.

  13. Melissa Stevens

    I worked with Ms Lily at DFAS – Columbus. She has a heart of Gold; present tense because “She Still Lives.” May GOD’s Peace and Comfort sustain you because HE is the Comforter and HE will not leave you comfortless. “Jesus says it best, Come all who labor and who are heavy burden, for I will give you rest.”

    GOD saw her getting tired
    And a cure was not to be,
    So He wrapped His arms around her
    And whispered, “Come with Me.”
    With tearful eyes you watched her
    And saw her pass away;
    Although you loved her dearly,
    You could not make her stay.
    A golden heart stopped beating,
    Hardworking hands at rest,
    GOD broke your heart to prove to you
    He only takes the best.

  14. Herb Guyer-Sharfenaker USMC

    God Bless and A Heartfelt Thank YOU, Lily for your service in The United States Navy, Waves. “Fair winds and following seas”. RIP. And Semper Fi.

  15. I’m sorry about your lost, my condolences.

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