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Mary Ellen (Snodgrass) Skidmore

April 30, 1933 - January 9, 2019

Mary Ellen Snodgrass was born at home on Russel Street in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  Her family moved to Denver for better employment opportunities when she was 3 years old.

She grew up in east Denver on Krameria Street, across the street from her elementary school and in walking distance from Montclair United Methodist Church where she accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior as a young girl.

She was involved in Youth For Christ outreach and numerous Bible studies.  She graduated from East High School in 1951.  She attended Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina where she taught in a Good News Bible Club, specializing in reaching underserved communities with the Gospel message.

She returned to Colorado and attended Rockmont Bible College where she fell in love with, and later met, Jim Skidmore who would become her husband of 56-1/2 years before his death in 2012.

Mary was an artist, specializing in oil paintings.  Many of her favorite paintings have graced the cover of her famous Christmas cards, which she lovingly sent to over 250 grateful recipients each year.  She loved clouds and mountains and deer, which were her favorite subjects to paint.

After suffering a stroke, Mary passed away peacefully at the home of her daughter and family, who had invited her to live with them just 3 months prior to her death.

Mary is survived by her sister Emma Goodenough of Longmont; her brothers Verlan (Barbara) Snodgrass of Cedarburg, WI, and Loren (Jackie) of Lompoc, CA;  her six children all living in Colorado:  Greg Skidmore of Denver; Amy (Dan) Hoppes of Black Hawk;  Suzie O’Connor of Littleton; Robin (Chris) Melkus of Elizabeth; Scott (Christine) Skidmore of Denver; Rick (Stacey) Skidmore of Aurora; plus 16 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Compassion International or Feed the Children would be most appreciated.  She was a regular supporter of these charities because of their focus on sharing the Gospel and improving the lives of children.


18 Responses

  1. The Chestnutt Family says:

    Dear Skidmore Family, We will miss the lovely Mary but I bet she is so happy to be with Jesus. She was such a good example of a kind Christian soul. She would often speak of the love she had for her family. We always loved her beautiful cards! May God Bless all of you!

  2. Roger Colburn says:

    What an extraordinary lady, and kind hearted Soul. We are sorry to hear of her passing. She lives on in her family, and the countless lives she touched. Our prayers are with you.

  3. Omer Leslie Snodgrass says:

    Very sorry for your loss. ~Les

  4. Sandi Hamilton says:

    One of the first times I met Mary & Jim was in the summer of 1987 when we were building our house in Sunshine Acres. Doug and I invited some of our new neighbors to watch fireworks on the 4th. We sat on our deck with no railing and had a marvelous time. Mary was God’s angel on this earth and now she gets the fun part resting with God. I only wish I had known her better. Comfort to her family and friends. I hope to see some of you Friday.

  5. Ed and Jane Wekesser says:

    Mary was a wonderful woman full of love for the Lord and her family. We are so sorry for your loss. The world will have lost a precious soul but it is heaven’s gain. We know your hearts are heavy and we pray for you all as you go through this difficult time.

  6. Ed and Jane Wekesser says:

    Mary was a wonderful women with such a gentle spirit and her love for the Lord radiated from her beautiful face. We are so sorry for your loss, we know she will always have a place in your hearts and she will be missed greatly.

  7. Tina Marsh says:

    So sorry for your loss. May the Lord
    comfort you all during this time.
    Praying for you. We have known each
    Other for so long. God thank you for
    Your peace that passes understanding
    And wisdom of direction to be given
    To the family at this time

  8. Kathy Pettit says:

    Like so many have noted, Mary’s faithfulness to her sweet Jesus described her well. I also recall her complete adoration for her sweet husband Jim, unto which she established a memorial scholarship on behalf of their time at Rockmont College, now Colorado Christian University. We had such fun creating this overview of Jim’s life for students who would benefit as recipients of the scholarship; I will ever remember helping her achieve this goal. Abundant Wishes of Peace to Mary’s family!

  9. Karen Lawrence says:

    I am fairly sure that you children will not remember me, but I was involved in your lives when you were young. I helped your mom for many months with household chores, babysitting and various odd jobs following the Platt River flood. Mary was a very dear woman, and nobody could ever doubt her strong faith and deep love for the Lord. Although I have been on the east coast since 1969, I am someone who has followed her mentoring in my life, and will be looking for her when we are reunited in heaven. Many condolences to your family, but remember that even though we miss her terribly, she is now rejoicing and celebrating in eternal praise of our Lord.
    Love, Karen

    • Robin (Skidmore) Melkus says:

      Karen, my mom had a lovely painting of a dove that your mother painted, still hanging on the wall at her home where family members are now living. Love and blessings to you and your family.

    • Amy says:

      Karen, thank you. Yes, you were one of my first babysitter’. Your whole family had a fond place in my mom’s heart. Amy Hoppes

  10. Dawn Powell says:

    She beamed with her love of Jesus. I’m sorry for your loss. Love, Dawn

  11. Terri Dykstra says:

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom, Suzie! Prayers of peace for you and your family.

  12. Terri Dykstra says:

    I’m so sorry for the loss of your mom, Suzie. Prayers of peace for you!

  13. Carol Kennedy says:

    Barb and Verlan, so very sorry about your sister Verlan. From what I have just read about her you will meet her again one day in our heavenly Father’s home. What a wonderful legacy she has left behind her with her faith and family. Praying for you and the whole family as you go through this hard time. God bless you
    Love Carol

  14. Laura Harper O'Donnell says:

    Mary was a wonderful human being and made the world a better place. I am so glad to have met her. Her kindness and humor made her a joy to be around.

    My condolences to her family.

  15. Amy says:

    My mom certainly loved the Lord, her family and you if you knew her. Heaven has gained a wonderful lady. We miss you, mom, but will see you again. Love, Amy

  16. Barbara Snodgrass says:

    We will remember Mary and her love for Jesus first and then her love for “my Jim” and her family. Our comfort is that she is now home forever with Jesus and her loved ones already there. RIP Mary. Love, Barb