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Funeral services for Annie Skinner, 83, of Tahlequah are 10:00 am, Tuesday, July 5, 2016, at Green Country Funeral Home Chapel. Officiating will be Brother Arch French. Pallbearers are Shannon Hamby, David Martin, Jake Johnson, Mike Martin, Jax Johnson, and Dustin Hamby. Interment will follow in the Holland Cemetery under the care of Green Country Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday July 2nd from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday July 3rd from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Online condolences for the family may be left at tahlequahfuneral.com
Annie Laura (Martin) Skinner was born October 4, 1932, in Tahlequah, Oklahoma to John Hercules and Vina (Cottingham) Martin. Annie had Alzheimer's for the last few years and she was tired. She left this world to go home with Jesus on Wednesday June 29th , 2016, at the age of 83.
Annie had three brothers, Richard Martin (deceased), Johnny Martin (deceased), and Sequoyah Martin. With three brothers, that would explain why she was so tough.
Annie lived in Tahlequah and went to Bagley High School where she graduated. Soon afterwards in1952, she married Jack Slover. They moved back and forth from Tahlequah to California for work. Together they had two children, a daughter, Judy Adams and husband Tom of Tahlequah, Oklahoma and son, Bobby Stephen Slover, and his wife Jody also of Tahlequah, Oklahoma.
Annie loved riding motorcycles at Camp Gruber, hunting and fishing with her two kids, traveling around playing softball with Judy, and watching Bobby play baseball. She worked at Ozark Nursery for years. In 1981 she began working at Tahlequah City Hospital in the Radiology Department. A couple years later she was transferred to the Housekeeping Department. In the meantime she met a great man, Billy Joe Skinner, and they married in 1990. The two loved to travel together and in the fall they would take drives to see the fall foliage. Annie also loved to listening to Bill sing and play his guitar, whether it was at home, at church at Freewill Baptist Worship Center, or playing at Cherokee County Nursing Center weekly.
Annie retired from the hospital in 1995, but that didn't slow her down. Annie loved to grow a garden and canning. She loved planting flowers, and building things. She always had a project going. She could pitch some horseshoe's pretty good too. She loved to sew and if the grandkids needed a patch they knew where to go. Annie loved to bake and we will miss her cobblers.
Annie leaves behind seven grandchildren, Shannon Hamby and wife Barbara, Stephanie Teague and husband Bret, Chrisie Callaway, Brian Slover, Amber Slover, Josh Adams and wife Sara, and Chance Drywater, all of Tahlequah, Oklahoma; fourteen great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild. Annie loved her grandchildren more than life itself. She was always there for their school functions or any sporting event. Rain, sleet or snow she was there whether it was softball, basketball, soccer, football, or golf. We love her and she will be missed and we thank her for all the great memories.
Special thanks to Sharon Copeland, Arch French and Cherokee County Nursing Center.
Published on July 1, 2016
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