|Birth: ||Apr. 26, 1914|
Cerro Gordo County
|Death: ||Dec. 11, 2001|
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Mary Elaine Skram, 87, Columbia, died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, at her home.
Mrs. Skram was educated in Mason City, Iowa, and she graduated from Holy Family High School and attended Mason City Junior College. She earned an associate's degree in primary education at Sterling Junior College in Sterling, Colo., at the age of 60.
Mrs. Skram was past president of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women in Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese and the Madonna Club. She was a member of the Joy Group at Our Lady of the Lourdes Church in Columbia. She also was a member of several bridge groups including the Ladies Bridge of OLL, the Sacred Heart Bridge Club and the Thursday Afternoon Bridge Club. She was published in various periodicals, including "The Catholic Digest," "Another Helping of Chocolate" and "Mature Outlook."
She did volunteer work for the American Red Cross and the Cancer Society of Nebraska.
Survivors include her husband of 68 years, Joseph Elliott Skram; five daughters, Mary Elaine Waite, Dayton, Ohio, Eleanor Skram, New York City, Suzanne Hart, Columbia, Mo., Nancy Toliver, and Charleston, W. Va., and Patricia Skram-Turner, Portland, Ore.; three sons, Paul Skram, Charleston, W. Va., and Peter Skram and Chriostopher Skram, both of Denver; 23 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Skram was preceded in death by three children, Joseph John Skram, Richard Anton Skram and Lillian Kathryn Skram.
Funeral Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Columbia. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in St. Joseph, Mo. Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Woodhaven Learning Center, 1405 Hathman Place, Columbia, Mo., 65202; or Immaculate Manor, P.O. Box 319, Liberty, Mo., 64609.
Parker Funeral Service and Crematory in Columbia is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Skram was the heart and soul of her family gatherings and reunions. As the mother of 11 children and the caretaker of several more, family was at the center of Mrs. Skram's life.
Mary Elaine Skram died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, at her home in Columbia. She was 87. Mrs. Skram was born April 26, 1914, in Mason City, Iowa, to Anton and Lillian Knapp. She graduated from Holy Family High School in Mason City and attended Mason City Junior College. At age 60, after her 11 children were grown, she earned an associate's degree in primary education from Sterling Junior College in Sterling, Colo.
Mrs. Skram and her husband cared for her nieces and nephews who were left without parents when Mrs. Skram's sister died.
"Family was the most important thing in my mother's life and she instilled in each and every family member that same importance," said Suzanne Hart, Mrs. Skram's daughter. Mrs. Skram was very active in her church. She served as President of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women in Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese and the Madonna Club. She and her husband were members of the Joy Group at Our Lady of Lourdes.
"Our mother was very strong and dedicated, very strong in her faith," said Hart. An avid reader and writer, Mrs. Skram wrote the biographies of many of her relatives and gave those writings to her children. "She was a great historian," said Hart.
Mrs. Skram has been recognized for her dedicated work in the Red Cross and the Cancer Society of Nebraska.
Mrs. Skram is survived by her husband of 68 years, Joseph Skram of Columbia; five daughters, Suzanne Hart of Columbia, Eleanor Skram of New York City, Nancy Tolliver of Charleston, W. Va., Mary Elaine Waite of Dayton, Ohio, and Patricia Skram-Turner of Portland, Ore.; three sons, Christopher Skram and Peter Skram, both of Denver, and Paul Skram of Charleston, W. Va.; 23 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews, including those she and her husband cared for after her sister's death.
Mrs. Skram's three brothers, one sister and three children, Joseph Skram, Richard Skram and Lillian Skram, died earlier.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 903 Bernadette Drive. A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Lourdes, with the Rev. Michael Flanagan officiating. Burial will follow on Saturday at Mount Olivet Cemetery in St. Joseph.
Memorials may be sent to Woodhaven Learning Center, 1405 Hathman Place, Columbia, MO 65202 and/or Immaculate Manor, P.O. Box 319, Liberty, Mo. 64609.
Joseph Elliott Skram (1911 - 2002)*
Richard Anton Skram (1936 - 1956)*
Lillian Kathryn Skram (1953 - 1999)*
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Created by: Barbara Ann
Record added: May 21, 2012
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