The poetic obituary attracted to the graveside service for Mary Alice Pilon Skinner. Some highlights:
Mary Alice Pilon Skinner, age 98, peacefully and gracefully passed from this world into the arms of her Lord in the early twilight of a beautiful fall evening on November 9, 2010.
Alice was a lifelong resident of New Mexico, born in Blanco to Odilon and Clara Pilon on October 18, 1912. She was so proud of the fact that she was born in the same year that New Mexico became a state and would always remind people of that.
Her life’s journey on this earth took her to many places and she enjoyed traveling and living in various parts of the state and country, but she always came home to her beloved Land of Enchantment. One path took her to Los Lunas, where she and her husband Larkin lived and owned businesses for several years from the 1950’s to the 1990’s. She and Larkin loved collecting antique clocks and Ford Mustangs.
During her longtime residency in the area, Alice never forgot her civic duty and took great pride in participating in elections by working with the Valencia County Clerk’s office as a poll worker. Alice also taught school everywhere she went and loved to see a child’s eyes light up when they learned something! She and her husband eventually retired to Albuquerque in the early 1990’s…
The last chapter of this earthly book has been read. The last cake has been baked, the beds are made and the last dish has been washed. Your work here on earth is done. Go home, Bonda-bondoo! Godspeed.
Although she was preceded in death by her husband, daughter, son, and a grandson, a large group of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and dear friends turned out to the cemetery to bid a fond farewell to a lovely woman.
At 98 years old, Mary Alice finished her life with Alzheimer’s disease and in the tender care of a local hospice. A request was made to make donations in lieu of flowers to the Alzheimer’s Association, Sandia Hospice, or a charity of your choice.
Well lived, Mary Alice Pilon Skinner! Godspeed, Bonda-bondoo!