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Florence Angela Skaggs

Feb. 2, 1927 - Jun. 2, 2021

Date of Service: Jun. 9, 2021

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BURLEY – Florence Angela Jones Skaggs, a 94-year-old resident of Burley, Idaho, passed away Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at home with her children and loved ones by her side.

Florence was born February 2, 1927, in Bournemouth, England. She was adopted into the family of Henry Stephen and Agnes Wells Jones who also had a daughter, Annie, and a son, Willy. The family left England in 1939 before World War II hit and immigrated to New Zealand. Florence lived in Onehunga, Auckland until she married an American Navy man stationed in Auckland.

Florence married Charles “Chuck” Elmer Skaggs on April 20, 1944, and he was shipped back to the States soon after their wedding. She was 17 years old when she left her family and friends to cross the Pacific Ocean to her new home in the United States of America. They moved to Farragut, Idaho, where Chuck was stationed.

They had their first child in Northern Idaho, Charles “Charlie” Elvis Skaggs, and remained there until 1949 when they moved to Buhl in Southern Idaho. Eventually, they settled in Burley, Idaho, where they had two more children, Andrea Jone and Angela Jean. She was alongside Chuck as he started up Skaggs Furniture, which is now run by the next generations. Chuck passed away in 2001, which left a huge hole throughout the family. As a strong woman, Florence started yet another stage of her life.

Florence was always very proud to become an American and earned her citizenship in 1954.
She was involved in many clubs and organizations throughout her life; such as Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, Job’s Daughters, CWF at the First Christian Church, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and the PEO sisterhood. She volunteered as a Pink Lady, worked with hospice, and as a Parke View Rehabilitation and Care Center volunteer. She socialized at Bridge, with the Wacky Widows, and the Friday Lunch Bunch. Florence also enjoyed traveling. She was able to make many trips back to New Zealand and England as well as travel the world with Chuck. She continued to do so with friends and family after he passed away.

In her younger years, Florence was a Sally – a member of the Salvation Army. However, most of her adult life she was a member of the Burley First Christian Church. She was currently involved with Calvary Baptist Church in Burley.

Florence is survived by her three children, Charlie (Delta) Skaggs, Andrea (Tom) Rich, and Angela Gloria; seven grandchildren, Jared (Michelle) Skaggs, Brent (Hiedi) Skaggs, Kiera Skaggs, Page (Erik) Eberhardt, T.C. (Lacey) Rich, Brad (Tammera) Gorringe and Bret (Janet) Gorringe; 15 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family had a wonderful team of care givers. We extend our thanks to Shauna Moses, Sandy Lopez, Vicki Cox, Audrey Erickson, and Sherry Gomez. The Minidoka Memorial Hospital’s hospice team was also a blessing to the family.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 9, at Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home, located at 1350 E. 16th St., in Burley, where family and friends will be received from 10 until 10:45 a.m. Burial will follow at Pleasant View Cemetery in Burley. Following the graveside service, a wake will be held from 2 until 4 p.m. at the Rupert Elks Club.

A live webcast of the Funeral Service will be available at the following link: https://youtu.be/6qsoKGML640.

To honor Florence in her support of the Salvation Army, the family suggests that memorials be directed to the Salvation Army or to Minidoka Memorial Hospital Home Health and Hospice.

Condolences for Florence Angela Skaggs

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From Doris and Hayden Ellingham:
Sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady. She will be missed by all who knew her.
From Joyce Bjorklund. :
I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers for your family.
From Peggy Hess:
Sari Club #1 of Iris Temple #40 of Daughters of the Nile are missing her immensely. We had a meeting on the 7th and realized she was our chaplain and her prayers have been silenced. We send prayers and God's comfort to the family. God bless you all.
From Nyles and Yolanda Tilley:
So sorry for the families loss. She will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to you all.
From Bi;; Parsons:
great lady and will be missed by all who knew her
From Jack and Mary Zarybnisky:
Mrs. Skaggs was a very thoughtful, kind and caring lady, who will be greatly missed by our community. We offer our thoughts and prayers to her family.
From Jean Freymiller:
Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family on the passing of your beautiful MOTHER!!! Garth and Jean Freymiller
From Bonnie and Shane Thueson and Linda Halouska:
Andrea and family. We are so sorry for your loss. Florence was a lovely, kind person, and a wonderful neighbor and friend to my sister, Linda. She will me missed by all who knew her. Our prayers are with you.
From Nancy Smith Beste:
What a strong impact Florence made on the community. She touched many peoples lives in a positive way.
I am sending love and prayers
From Mary Brown Taylor:
Andrea and Angela, Love and prayers to your families! It’s so difficult to lose a mom! She was a very beautiful, kind and loving person. Love to you all!
From Jim and Carol Stroud:
Our family’s thoughts and prayer are with your family.
From Michele:
Your mother was good and kind. My friend Sharon always spoke so highly of her. I’m sorry for your deep loss. You are all in my prayers.
From Irene Soto:
Your mom was a wonderful lady, sorry for your loss
From Jeff and Frances Roper:
Florence was a dear friend of my mom and dad, of our whole family, and such a smiling presence wherever she went. She was energetic, positive, and such an gift to this community.
From Tommie and Don Dean:
We are so sorry to hear of Florence passing. What a beautiful LADY! Always a smile for anyone she met! We are out of town, but are thinking of you all! She will surely be missed and wish we were there for y’all!
From Diana Quanstrom:
Florence was a very gracious lady and will be missed. Praying for the family.
Shirley Pike and family.
From Lisa & Bill Sibbett:
I always enjoyed visiting with your Mom and just listening to her beautiful English accent. She reminded me of my Aunt who was a war bride from England as well. She was the matriarch of a wonderful family, a very classy lady, and loved by so many. While it's hard to let them go, we have assurance because of her faith that she is a most beautiful angel in Heaven. Keep the memories close; no doubt you have wonderful ones to share. Many prayers for all of you now and in the difficult days to come.
From Brad and Doris Shockey:
Sorry for your loss prayers to the families
From Fred & Roxanna Page:
Rest in peace oh great lady!!!!
From Wendi Good :
With love to you all as we in New Zealand remember Flo a beautiful kind and very much loved lady. Love from all the Goodies xxx
From Sheila Sprague Bench:
My condolences to Florence's family. She was a wonderful lady.
From Carolyn Skaggs:
My thoughts and prayers are with all of your family. She was a great lady, beautiful and wise. She leaves you with many memories and wisdom. Cherish them. Love, Carolyn
From Mark and Penny Lynch:
We send our deepest condolences to the family.
From Jill Wornell:
What a beautiful, wonderful lady! I always enjoyed a nice chat whenever I saw her. She will be missed.
From Patty & Ike Shockey:
Chuck and family. We are so sad to see the passing of your mom. What a blessing to have her this many years. Hugs to all of you.
From Jim & Judy Miller:
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. We are thinking of each of you.
From Meggan Anderson:
Sorry for your loss, she was a very classy lady.. Thinking of you all.
From Andy Maestas :
So sorry for your loss and my prayers are with you.
From Carol Shockey:
Oh how I loved your beautiful mom. She was so kind and such a classy lady. What a fine example to us all. My heart goes out to you and shared your loss.
From Karen:
I will miss Florence! her grace and style and friendship.
From Beverly Kramer :
So sorry for your loss
From Linda Shepherd and Paul:
That was a life well lived. Sending you love from New Zealand.
From Charlotte Skaggs:
I will miss you dear sweet Florence. I have so many precious memories of our time together. Until we meet again RIP.
From Nonnie Osterhout Johnston:
I am so sorry for your loss Andrea and Tom and family. With prayers and sympathy. Nonnie Osterhout Johnston
From Pam MacKenzie (Stiens):
Andrea and Angela, I'm sorry to hear of your mom's passing. What a wonderful woman she was and a great friend to my mom. I will be praying you all through this.

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