Martha Sherwood Skillman
Martha Sherwood Skillman was living in Altus, OK when she met a cocky young Airman, Sherman “Skip” Skillman from Menlo Park, CA. Our parents were married 56 years until Dad’s unexpected passing in 2012. She was reunited with him on Sunday, April 22. Although missed, we are happy that they are together again.
Mom was devoted to her family and the Air Force dedicating herself to serving alongside our father by volunteering at each Air Base. She mentored young A.F. families and fed Service men and women with nowhere to go for family meals. We spent many hours dining with strangers (American and Foreign) who became longtime family friends.
Mom became involved with schools immediately upon our arrival to a new base, insisting we did too. She was active with our after school organizations/clubs and her home was a welcome place for our friends. Mom always told them you’re a guest once but family next time so help yourself and that included Friday Tostada night. We’ll never know how she found the time and energy to do all that she did but we are very grateful.
Preparing for Air Force retirement she attended classes in business and management to gain the education to match her life experiences. Mom was employed by York County Social Services for 10 years before retiring to travel.
She came from a family of fiercely independent women who provided constant support throughout her life. Her sisters, Goldilean “Goldie” Poling, Flaval Southall, Clema “June” Utter and Connie Moss spoke with her frequently. Her mother, Gladys Ince Sherwood and sisters, Evelyn Sherwood and Lavada Carter predeceased her.
Mom is survived by daughters, Regina Skillman Howell and Pamela Skillman, son-in-laws, Dale Howell and Jonathan Sturges and grandson, Logan Skillman Howell.
A private Full Military Honors ceremony will be conducted at Arlington National Cemetery where they will be inurned.