Florence Elizabeth (Floss) -- Born December 6, 1878
Eugenia Maude (Maude) -- Born June 29, 1881
Orville Ruxton -- Born June 16, 1883
Marion Emma (Mae) -- Born June 2, 1885
Gertrude Edna (Gert) -- Born April 14, 1887
William Milton (Bill) -- Born August 20, 1889
John Alexander -- Born April 28, 1891 -- Died May 1, 1891
Harold Roy -- Born July 31, 1893
Agnes Norma -- Born July 25, 1896
Vernon David -- Born August 8, 1900
|Skilling Family c. 1896 |
back: Maude, Floss, Orville
middle: John, Gert, Mae, Norma, Agnes
front: Harold, William
Norma Skilling Jackson began writing her memories in January 1978 and had not finished them when she died suddenly on May 10, 1981. She had not yet written about herself (except in passing), and her two brothers, Harold and Vern. In 1996 her notes were edited by her daughter-in-law Ruth Zaryski Jackson and typed by her granddaughter Larissa Jean Jackson. In 2010 Ruth re-edited Norma's notes for coherence and clarity and posted them on this blog for all to access. Additional material collected from Grace Skilling Smith about Harold and supplemented with information provided by his granddaughter Lynn Skilling was added. Ruth has written up notes on Norma and Vern and inserted photographs for all the Skilling family.
My mother Norma Skilling Jackson died suddenly of a massive heart attack in 1981 before completing her family story. It made us all realize how important it is to write down for our children and grandchildren, memories which may seem mundane to us, but are precious records of our roots. Norma's warm and compassionate account of the family helps us to remember our love for her and our pride in members of the family who went before us. Her spirit lives.