Constance "Connie" Marie Skinner


May 16, 1949 - June 14, 2011


Constance (Connie) Marie Skinner was born on May 16, 1949 in Mitchell to Duane and Catherine (Flemming) Skinner. She graduated from Mt. Vernon High School in 1967. She then attended SDSU in Brookings and graduated in January of 1972. She became an educator with the South Dakota Cooperative Extension Service as an Extension Agent. She worked in Mitchell, Murdo and then settling in Belle Fourche for more than twenty years. She spent an extreme amount of her work time and personal time working with 4-H, county fairs and State Fairs. She enjoyed teaching the young people to learn something new.

In May of 1999 she was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma of the spine. This had a huge impact on her physical mobility, but through her tremendous determination she overcame and regained a lot of her mobility back.

She retired on June 30th, 2000 after serving twenty-seven years as an Extension Agent across the state. Even after her retirement she stayed highly involved in 4-H activities. She spent her time reading, sewing, quilting, needlework, plastic canvas, macramé and also helping with the local 4-H. Her favorite motto was “To make the best better” the 4-H motto.

She is survived by her four siblings: Donald (Colleen) Skinner of Pierre, SD, Kenneth (Pat) Skinner of Mitchell, SD, Carol (Greg) Terrill of Jacksonville, FL and John (Sandy) Skinner of Mitchell, SD; five nieces and nephews: Nathan Terrill, Kristin (Marc) Reeder, Jeremy (Jess) Skinner, Jason (Mica) Skinner and Jenna Skinner; one grand-niece, Nevaeh Skinner and two grand-nephews, Jack Reeder and Kendan Skinner. She was preceded in death by her father, mother and grandparents.


Friday, June 17, 2011
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, June 17, 2011
7:30 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Memorial Service
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Westlawn Cemetery
Letcher, South Dakota

entry posted by Jan(Janice McClure) and Ted Vorwald on 07-01-2011
Sorry for your loss. I remember visiting on Sundays back when people just dropped in for a visit with out calling or making an appointment. We were all little kids-- would have fun playing all afternoon!
entry posted by Brenda Fortner Offutt on 06-20-2011
I was Connie's neighbor north of Mt. Vernon and we rode the school bus together. She was a year behind me and I was on the read the obituary of my classmate, Linda Young, when I saw her. Sorry to hear of her passing.
entry posted by Nancy Pauly on 06-17-2011
I was also an Extension Service co-worker of Connie's. Great lady to work with, and we had many chats over the years.
entry posted by Mary J Fleming on 06-17-2011
Connie & Lloyd Hansen both loved 4-H and their funerals are both today. Do you suppose they are working on 4-H judging classes up in heaven.? God Bless them both and those they loved.
entry posted by Mary J Fleming on 06-17-2011
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Connie loved to work with 4-H. Lloyd Hansen was a person that she worked with on many projects and his funeral was this morning in Brookings. Do you suppose they are working on 4-H judging classes up in heaven? God bles them both.
entry posted by Sally Park-Hageman on 06-17-2011
I worked with Connie in Extension and enjoyed her creativity and insights. Will miss her Christmas letter keeping updated on her and her family.
entry posted by Vera Boje on 06-16-2011
My thoughts and prayers are with Connie's Family, I went to college with Connie and also was a co-worker in the Cooperative Extension Service and had the chance to work with her during her active years with Extension. What a creative fun person to work with!!
entry posted by entry posted by Norma Finher on 6-16-11 on 06-16-2011
My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Sorry to hear of your loss. Take care.
entry posted by Debbie Bortnem on 06-16-2011
My thoughts and prayers are with Connie's family during this most difficult time. I work in the State Extension Office at SDSU and worked with Connie up until her retirement. She was a very valuable educator.
entry posted by Audrey [McClure] and Richard Gruhl on 06-15-2011
Our sincere condolences to all of you.I have many fond memories of our childhood and fun on your farm.
entry posted by Peggy (Cranston) Klemm on 06-15-2011
I am sorry to hear the news about Connie. I know it has been a number of years since I have been back there, but wanted to let you know that all of you are in my thoughts & prayers.
entry posted by Patti Leischner on 06-14-2011
Sorry to hear of your loss. I remember how close you all were.
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