MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

April 15, 2013

Lena “Linda” Marie Skillestad

1933 - 2013


— Linda was born October 28, 1933 in Barling, AR, and went home on Saturday, April 13, 2013 in Fort Gibson.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Christopher and Mary (Gabert) Simmons; husband, Roald Skillestad; and son, Matt Gotcher.

She is survived by her sons, Tom Benge and wife, Gloria, Leroy Gotcher and wife, Marsha; daughters, Valerie Vickrey and husband, Ted,  Lori Skillestad, Lisa Kellum and husband, Dean; daughter-in-law, Jennifer Gotcher; grandchildren, Crystal Byrd and husband, James, Tonya Harshman and husband, Eric, Amy Combs and husband, Stony, Kyle Vickrey and wife, Crystal, Zack Vickrey and wife, Jeannia, Vance Vickrey, Kurt Hancock and wife, Larissa, Chris Hancock and wife, Jamie, Jessica Biggers and husband, Lenny, Luke Gotcher, Bobby, Cole and Kristi Kellum, great-grandchildren, Quinton and Clinton Scott, Gunnison, Jacob, James, Kolten and Wesley Byrd, Kade and Hayden Vickrey, Kolt, Jaxson and Ryker Vickrey, Kaden and Reese Perry, Colton and Rylee Hancock, Abigail Hancock, Harley and Shyanne Combs, Brooklyn and Jason Barnette, Hunter Gotcher, Raven and Violet Biggers, and many good friends.

Linda had a great love for God, her family, friends, and animals. Her children were her life. She worked with Dr. John Beal at his office in Fort Gibson for 22 years.

Funeral services for Linda will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at Millsap Funeral Service Chapel Fort Gibson with Dr. John Beal officiating. Burial will be in Fort Gibson National Cemetery.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Dee Denton, Joyce Springfield, Rebecca Parks, Hometown Hospice and all those who came to visit Linda during her illness. The family suggests memorial donations to Hometown Hospice.