Charlotte Skinner

Charlotte Ann Skinner, 77, of Austin, Ark., died Friday, Nov. 22, 2019.

Memorial services are at 1:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Shelley Family Funeral Home of Winfield. Inurnment will follow services at the Burden Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Hospice in your local area. Contributions can be left in care of the funeral home.

Charlotte was born April 25, 1942, to Kenneth and Cleo (Stockton) Graves in Arkansas City. She grew up in the Ark City area, attending IXL one-room school house until junior high school when her family moved into the city. For Charlotte, education was always a priority. She graduated from Emporia State University with her bachelor’s degree and later earned a master’s degree from Emporia State. Charlotte went on to earn her doctorate from Kansas State University in 1999.

Charlotte began with a singular career focus in education. Her first role was elementary education in Atlanta. With the unification of the Burden school districts, Charlotte continued to teach until the birth of her last son in 1970.

She and her husband Robert relocated in 1971 to Salina. Charlotte returned to teaching, first at Kipp, then Assaria, and later at the Unified School District Southeast of Saline. While at Southeast of Saline, Charlotte continued teaching various elementary grades until moving into the position of librarian.

After receiving her doctorate, she taught as a graduate assistant at Kansas State University before attaining a position at Arkansas State University in 1999. She continued at Arkansas State until her retirement in 2006.

Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents and her grandparents, Orville and Alice (Brodock) Stockton, and Roy and Maude (Irvine) Graves.

Charlotte is survived by her husband, Robert Skinner; her three children; Elizabeth, Jerol and Wade; and a passel of eight grandchildren. Elizabeth and Jasper's children are Dyer, Sierra and Shelby; Jerol and Renee's children are Elinor and Aubrey; Wade and Sylvia's children are Cody, Kegan and Elise.

Charlotte is also survived by a sister, Arnetta Curless, wife of Mike Curless; brother, Russel Graves, husband of Sandie Graves; and brother, James Graves, husband of Cheryl Graves. She was also blessed with many wonderful nieces and nephews with growing families of their own.

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