January 29, 2023

Mary Katherine Skipton

Mary Katherine Skipton, 80 died Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at St. Catherine Hospital in Garden City. She was born October 12, 1935 in Deerfield, Kansas the daughter of Joe & Sybil (Jones) Anderson.
Mary lived most of her life in Deerfield where she attended Deerfield schools. On March 25, 1951 she married John Hoy Skipton in Deerfield. Mary began her career as a nurse’s aid at St. Catherine Hospital. She then worked as a nurse’s aid at the Kearny County Hospital where she also worked as an EMTIC. Mary later became the city clerk for the City of Deerfield and later retired as the deputy county clerk for Kearny County. She was a member of the Deerfield United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, The Red Hat Society, Finney County Senior Center, EHU, Grange, Citizen Potawatomi, and she was very involved with the start of Deerfield PRIDE. Mary was an avid Kansas City Royals fan. She enjoyed word search puzzles, she loved living in Deerfield, and enjoyed all of her family’s interests and attended her grandchildren’s events.
Survivors include her four children Sharen & husband Rod McMillan, Katherine & husband Don Tabor, Nancy & husband Monte Miller, and Steven & wife Sandy Skipton all of Garden City; a brother James & wife Janet Anderson of Long Island, NY; a sister Judy & husband Chuck Gead of Kansas City, Mo.; 21 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; and 3 step-sisters Frances Skipton, Stella McGinn, and mary Sue Smith. Mary is preceded in death by her husband John who died on November 22, 2005. She is also preceded in death by her parents; her step-mother Ruth Anderson; two brothers Charles Anderson and Frank Anderson; a sister Laura Slattery; 2 step-brothers Warren Rigdon and Gene Rigdon; and 2 step-sisters Reva Welch and Georgia Carter.
Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, November 16, 2015 at the Deerfield United Methodist Church in Deerfield with Pastor Doug Olson officiating. Burial will follow at the Deerfield Cemetery. Friends may call from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday all at Garnand Funeral Home in Garden City. The family requests memorials given to the Mary Skipton Memorial Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home.