Clara Francis (“Junnie”) O’Quinn Skinner
November 11, 2019
Clara Francis (“Junnie”) O’Quinn Skinner of Nacogdoches County, born November 16, 1939, in Lufkin, Texas, died on November 11, 2019, in Nacogdoches, Texas, after many years of courageous struggle with Alzheimer’s.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, William L. Skinner, Sr.; her children William L. (“Sam”) Skinner, Jr., Anna Beth “Missy” Corley and husband Dale Corley, Renée Skinner and spouse Trey Branham, and Quinton Skinner and spouse Cassi Brosius; her daughter-in-law Sherry Slowikowski; her grandchildren Corey, Joey, Caity, Colton, Marshall, Roan, Henry and Will; her great-grandchildren Conner, Aiden, Audrey, Annabelle, Emily, Graysin and Clara Ann; her brothers and sisters Thomas E. O’Quinn, Jr., Alea Lynn Clemons, William A. O’Quinn, and Alicia Kuhnke; and many loving nieces and nephews.
A private family burial service was held at Eden Cemetery in Douglass, Texas, on November 12, 2019. A memorial celebration for friends and family will be held next spring when the trees and wildflowers she loved are back in bloom. Details for the memorial celebration will be forthcoming at a later date. In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, the family requests donations in her honor to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. Donations can be made at curealz.org.
First and foremost, Junnie was a teacher. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1959. Subsequently, she received two separate Master’s Degrees in Education and Education Administration. She began her career at the age of 19 at Zavalla ISD where she taught students slightly younger than herself. During her career, she taught throughout East Texas and in California. In 1968, she returned to Nacogdoches County and began teaching at Central Heights Independent School District where she worked for 32 years. In addition to teaching all manner of sciences including chemistry, biology, earth science, history, and English, she eventually served as principal of both the elementary school and high school at CHISD. She retired from CHISD in 2000 after a 40-plus-year career as an educator. Even after retirement, she continued to believe in the power of education to change lives, teaching GED classes to non-violent offenders in Angelina and Rusk County for a number of years.
Junnie and Bill loved to travel to many places around the country enjoying the trip along the way as much as the destination. Trips and vacations always involved the outdoors including the mountains, beaches, state and national parks, and often included a new lesson to be learned at museums large and small. Her classrooms were not limited to a school building as she thought every experience had something to teach.
Whether filling the role of wife, mother, sister, grandmother, teacher, mentor or friend, Junnie inspired deep love, respect, and loyalty in her family, friends, and students. She taught every child she came in contact with to be kind, independent, and confident; but she especially taught these things to her daughters and sons. Her family and friends will miss her dearly, but they will take with them the lessons she taught them every day and her enduring unconditional love.
The Skinner family is being served by Laird Funeral Home. To convey condolences or to sign an online register, please visit www.lairdfh.net