Elvon Skinner

elvon-skinner-photoElvon Teuscher Skinner, 75, passed away on October 18 while surrounded by the love of her family after a valiant battle with Lewy Body dementia.  Elvon was born to Alvin and Irene Teuscher on March 22, 1941 in Montpelier, Idaho.  Adored by her parents, grandparents, and dear friends she grew up on a beautiful ranch in Geneva, Idaho where she attended a one room schoolhouse.  She helped her mom cook meals for farm workers and could be found helping her dad on the ranch, often nursing bum lambs.

Elvon attended Bear Lake High where she met the love of her life, Lynn Skinner.  Graduating in 1958, they both attended Utah State University where they were sealed for time and all eternity in the Logan, Utah LDS Temple on September 15, 1960.   Elvon earned her bachelors in elementary education and in 1962 they moved to Rexburg, Idaho where they became an integral part of the community through their work in the Madison School District. Elvon put her career on hold as they welcomed their precious daughter, Tera Lyn (Schwartz) into their home in 1963.  Elvon unselfishly devoted her life to her family as two boys, Marc and Matthew, were also born into the Skinner family.

In 1971 they moved their family to Moscow, Idaho where Lynn accepted a faculty position in music education at the University of Idaho.  Moscow has benefitted in countless ways from Lynn and Elvon’s kindness, service, and dedication to the arts including decades of building the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival.  Lynn and Elvon were inseparable and could often be found supporting their children, grandchildren, and friends at athletic events, music concerts, as well as attending UI football and basketball games.

Elvon was a dedicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  She always looked for ways to lift those around her through simple service, kindness, and her warm beautiful smile.  She was a loyal friend to many.   As a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother she sought the comfort and happiness of her family always.  She is survived by her husband, Lynn, of 56 years, daughter Tera Lyn (and Bob) Schwartz of Moscow, sons Marc (and Alisa) of Rexburg, Idaho and Matt (and Tiffany) Skinner of Moscow; 14 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Elvon was preceded in death by her parents. She was known by all for her Christ like compassion to friends, family and strangers, for her cleanliness, absolute dependability, and for her unconditional love for her children and grandchildren.  She loved good music (especially jazz), gardening, baking her famous rolls and chocolate chip cookies, and spending time at Lake Coeur d’ Alene.  Her sense of humor helped her through life, especially during the challenging times of her disease.

A service will be held Saturday, October 22 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (1016 S. Mountain View Road) at 11:00 a.m. with Bishop Richard Nielsen presiding. Burial and Grave Dedication will follow at the Moscow Cemetery

In honor and memory of Elvon, the Family has established a scholarship at the University of Idaho.

Gifts can be sent to:

Elvon T. Skinner Memorial Music Scholarship Endowment

c/o University of Idaho Foundation

875 Perimeter Drive – MS 3143

Moscow, ID  83844-3143

Arrangements have been entrusted to Short’s Funeral Chapel, Moscow, and online condolences may be sent to www.shortsfuneralchapel.com

18 Responses to Elvon Skinner

  1. Glenn Mosley says:

    Condolences from all of us to all of you.

  2. Ricki Martin says:

    What a wonderful tribute to a wonderful woman who lived her life in a way that blessed everyone around her. Love from the Todd and Ricki Martin family.

  3. Maxine Bartschi Ross says:

    I was so surprised to hear of Elvon’s passing. I had connected to you through FB, but did not know of Elvon’s illness.
    I feel that she was taken way too soon, and extend my sincere condolences to you and your family. You and Elvon were always such a special couple in my life.

  4. Chuck and Brenda Richards says:

    Thinking of and loving your whole family. The entire community of Moscow is a little sadder without your sweet mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Gary & Cassie Tribble says:

    Our deepest condolences. Elvon was one of a kind. She will be greatly missed.

  6. Peggy Sue says:

    So sorry for your loss Dr. Skinner, bless you and your family at this time of sorrow.

  7. Robbi Cole Strother says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

  8. Doug and Shannon Richards says:

    Prayers for you and your family, Doc.

  9. Doug Whitney says:

    What a lovely person-I treasure my memories of her, , and am sure that my Donna is enjoying her company again on the Spirit world.

  10. Deann Oakey says:

    She was such a special person and it has been a privilege knowing her. She has left a great legacy in her children and grandchildren. We will miss her.

  11. Alan Patterson says:

    Lynn, One of the greatest treasures of my time growing up in Rexburg was the experiences we had as part of the jazz band and the music program at Madison High School. Thank you for all you did for the youth of Rexburg and the inspiration you and your sweet wife were to all of us. I am so grateful that I was able to visit with you a few years ago when our son James was in his post-doctoral program at Washington State. You were one of my boyhood heroes and the example you set for many of us was what put us on the path to accomplished careers. Thank you again for all you have done and been. May God bless you during this most difficult time. I will pass on to Byron Lindsay and Jerry Holman the news of Elvon’s passing. Thanks again for your friendship through the years.

    Alan Patterson

  12. Karen Sleight Hayes says:

    My heart is so sad to hear of the passing of my dear childhood friend, Elvon. I have so many great memories of childhood and high school, then often visiting family in the summers and fun high school reunions. Still doesn’t seem real to me.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you Lynn, Tera, Matt and Marc, your spouses and those special grands and greats. I am praying for your comfort.

    My love to you all. Karen

  13. Rex Cosgrove says:

    Lynn and family. We are so sorry to see your loss. Your family has always been a blessing to us. We miss you and think of you often. You always made our day brighter and positive. Rex & Anne Cosgrove

  14. Tom Hallaq says:

    I have so many fond memories of Elvon as an internal part of the Skinner family. My heart goes out to each of you as I know you are missing her deeply. May you be comforted my Christ’s spirit during this time of mourning. My prayers and thoughts are with you all.

  15. Dan Caldwell says:

    Elvon lived a full life in the happiness of a wonderful family. Her life has come full circle as she is Heaven bound. She complimented Doc in all of their doings together as a family and with the Music dept. at the U of I. My prayers and condolences are with you now and always. There were many special moments for my family.

  16. Patty McBride says:

    God bless you and your family at this time of loss. One thing you know is you will see her again in heaven. I loved seeing Elvon in the mall or grocery store and enjoyed talking to her. What a wonderful Lady!

  17. Harriet Tippetts says:

    Dear Lynn and family. I am sorry to hear of Elvon’s passing. I hope you will find peace in the memories of happy times together as a family. I pray that you will be comforted and know that old friends and loved ones are thinking of you.
    Harriet Tippetts

  18. Wilson Brown says:

    Dear Lynn, we were so sorry to hear of the passing of your dear wife. Though we didn’t know her well, we realize what a huge help she was to your establishing the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. I first met you through that and was privileged to bring my groups to participate for 8 or 9 years. Darleen and I send our thoughts and prayers and hope to see you soon. Wilson Brown

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