Virginia Faye Skelton, a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, passed away peacefully at her home in Overland Park, Kansas, on Saturday, February 27, 2021. She was 88. Virginia was born to Vernon and Vera Vaughan on June 6, 1932 in Joplin, Missouri.
Virginia grew up in Joplin and met the love of her life, Monty, when they were just 3 years old. They had been playing by some railroad tracks and he pulled her to safety when he noticed a train coming their direction. He was her real life superhero. After graduating from high school they were married and spent the next 63 years side by side. Their tale was a true love story and they were blessed with one child Cynthia. For over 35 years they managed countless properties and made a life together. Virginia would often hand stitch her daughters clothing and create beautiful dishrags for friends and family. She was a very talented seamstress. Virginia was a patient, selfless woman. She was the one you could call just to talk and remain on the phone for hours. She was honest, dignified, direct and seemed to always have the right answers. Virginia loved to journal. Every day was carefully written out and documented so that she never forgot one moment or took a day forgranted. Her weekly visit to the beauty shop was on Thursdays at 1pm and Sundays were for listening to music. Virginia cherished her time with her friends and family. Whether it was playing cards, attending the Dinner Theatre, watching Turner Classic movies or cooking fish on a skillet for their annual fish fry, she lived life to the fullest. A quote she lived by was “To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.” She will always have a special place in the hearts of all that knew her and will be missed beyond measure.
Virginia is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Scheidt and husband Richard; grandchildren, Tamara Applequist (Jimmy), Justin Bryant (Jessica), Heather Bryant and numerous great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Monty and her brother Bernard Vaughan.
A visitation is will be held on Sunday, March 7th at Speaks Suburban Chapel, 18020 E. 39th Street South, Independence, Mo. 64055. A graveside will be held on Monday, March 8th at 2pm at Salem Cemetery in Independence, Mo. .
In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be made to Ivy's Place, an orphanage in Africa, in memory of Virginia. Checks can be made to Kidan Gebre @ 3515 NE 82nd Terrace, KCMO 64119.