Frances Elizabeth Shultz Skory, of Las Cruces, N.M., passed away on Oct. 14, 2017.
She was born Nov. 9, 1928, in Philadelphia, Pa., a daughter of the late Samuel T. and Miriam F. Shultz.
She is survived by her children, David S. Skory, Elizabeth A. Skory North, Sulaf T. Skory (married Terrey Parker), Carol L. Skory (married Wilfried Schwiebert), and John C. Skory (married Sondie Avila); her grandchildren, Thea, Alexander, Samantha, Noah, Sydney, and Benjamin; her stepgrandchildren, Tamiko, Catyana, Alexander, Kaitlyn, Sophie, Jack and Killian.
She was preceded in death by her husband, David Skory; one sister, Anna Mary Shultz Wasson; one son, Michael J. Skory; one grandson, Stefan.
Frances was born in Philadelphia, Pa.; grew up in Fort Worth, Texas; and lived in Beirut, Lebanon, Fort Wayne, Ind., Lansing, Mich., White Plains, N.Y., Tripoli, Libya, Rome Italy, Danville and Mechanicsburg, Pa., and Las Cruces, N.M.
Frances attended college in St. Paul, Minn., and, in 1950, earned her bachelor's degree at the American University of Beirut, where she made some life-long friends, acted in the University's theater productions, met and married David, and gave birth to her first two children.
Frances participated with distinction in the Girl Scouts in Rome; was honored for her contributions as Senior Adviser and Trainer in Rome, Switzerland, Germany, and Saudi Arabia. She worked for the Hemlock Girl Scout Council in Pennsylvania from 1970 until she retired in 1996. In Danville, Frances was nominated Woman of the Year for her volunteer work with the Red Cross blood donation effort. In Las Cruces, Fran volunteered at the Branigan Library.
Frances loved to sing. She had a beautiful contralto voice, and sang Carmen and other operas. After starting her family she confined her talent to church and long car trips. She played accordion and trumpet as a youngster. Frances enjoyed tennis, playing as a younger woman, and watching as she grew older.
Frances was a wonderful, generous woman and will be sorely missed.
Published on October 21, 2017