Elvon 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