Alice V. Skinner
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
  • St. Anthony's Shrine
    10 Arch St.
    Boston, MA 02110
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to:)
    P.O. Box 96929
    DC 20090-6929

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“I read, with sadness, of Alice's passing in the Richmond paper. I'm glad I had an opportunity to know her when she lived here in Richmond. She was...Read More »
1 of 23 | Posted by: Dick Denecker - Richmond, VA

“We our sad of your mother's passing and know especially how grand and important she was to all of you. ”
2 of 23 | Posted by: Lorraine and Bernie Horn - MA

“Elizabeth, Mary Carol , and Thomas.Your mother was warm and welcoming to me when ever I had the rare occasion to see her. Her warmth was reflected...Read More »
3 of 23 | Posted by: michael skinner - san jose, CA

“With my deepest sympathies, and fond memories of your mom, I send Mary Carol, Betsy, and Tommy much love and strength during your time of processing...Read More »
4 of 23 | Posted by: Dorsey Bushnell Frankfurt Germany

“Alice was a person who loved her family deeply and showed it in how she lived her life. She had many warm friendships as well. By nature optimistic,...Read More »
5 of 23 | Posted by: John McDougall - Berkeley, CA

“Ken and I extend our deepest condolences to Elizabeth, Chris, Emily, and Eliot on the loss of very special mother and grandmother. ”
6 of 23 | Posted by: Lori Galvin - somerville, MA

“Your mother was a loving and caring person and we are greatful to have known her. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. ”
7 of 23 | Posted by: Bob FitzGerald & Eli Acevedo - MA

“Mary Carol, Betsy, Tommy It is impossible to express how important Aunt Alice was to the extended Skinner family, we will miss her. Joe Skinner,...Read More »
8 of 23 | Posted by: Joe Skinner - Mclean, VA - nephew

“Mary Carol, Betsy, Tommy, I will always remember how kind and warm your mother was. I did not know her well but remember how sweet she was to me and...Read More »
9 of 23 | Posted by: randall ingate - bethesda, MD

“We're thinking of your family and sending prayers during such a sad time for you. Anne, Bill, Scott and Billy Clark ”
10 of 23 | Posted by: The Clark Family - Melrose, MA

“My heart breaks for my wonderful friend, Elizabeth, and her entire family. Ms. Skinner was Elizabeth's best friend and they did everything together...Read More »
11 of 23 | Posted by: Deborah Broide - Montclair, NJ

“Sympathy to Alice's family. I worked with Alice at Troop Support Agency, Fort Lee, VA, years ago. She was a strong leader to us and always gave...Read More »
12 of 23 | Posted by: Edith Brockwell - Prince George, VA

“Dear Mary Carol, Betsy and Tom, Your mother was a wonderful, warm person. May you always be comforted by her memory. Margaret Ingate ”
13 of 23 | Posted by: Margaret Ingate - Highland Park, NJ

“I feel really blessed to have become reaquainted with Alice after many years. When one is an army wife the friends you make sometimes become very...Read More »
14 of 23 | Posted by: Jacqueline Valadao - Dallas, TX

“The first time I meet Alice she gave me a very warm andloving hug. She welcomed me into her familey with openarms and heart. She will always be loved...Read More »
15 of 23 | Posted by: Brenda Carpenter - DeWitt, VA

“When I met Alice I fell in love right away. A connection right away. Our time together was very special to me. She was an amazing person and I will...Read More »
16 of 23 | Posted by: Kim Biggs - Melrose, MA - Friend

“it was an honor and a privilege to have shared time with Alice when we resided at Sunrise in Lynnfield, MA. We ate meals together, sat outside on...Read More »
17 of 23 | Posted by: Donna B, Picariello - Chelsea, MA

“Thinking of all of you during this sad time. ”
18 of 23 | Posted by: Jacqueline Valerio - Beverly, MA

“Alice was always a special friend, offering support, encouragement and advice when I needed it most. When she lived next door, and I was trying to...Read More »
19 of 23 | Posted by: Susanne Arnold - Richmond, VA

“Praying for strength, support, and peace for you all during this difficult time. ”
20 of 23 | Posted by: Jody Donahue - Brookline, MA

“A fond memory of dear Alice... a dinner conversation with Alice during a family dinner while I was visiting Boston in summer, 2008. Alice shared...Read More »
21 of 23 | Posted by: Dana Reynolds - Plano, TX

“May Alice rest in peace. She brought a beautiful family into this world and made my life better for knowing her daughter, Mary Carol. Sending...Read More »
22 of 23 | Posted by: Kim Fernandez

“The Gately Family and Staff wish to express our sincere sympathy to you. It is our hope that we may be able to make a difficult time more bearable....Read More »
23 of 23 | Posted by: John W., John H. Gately, Fred Sprague & Steve Bartholomew - MA

Alice V. Skinner, a resident of Melrose for the past twelve years, died peacefully on December 20, 2012 at Sunrise Senior Living, Lynnfield, Mass., after a long illness. She was 84 years old.

Born Alice Ann Van Brunt on June 21, 1928, she was raised in Flushing, N.Y., and earned a bachelor's degree in home economics from Queens College in 1950. In February 1953 she married John Thomas Skinner, a major in the U.S. Army, at Fort Totten, N.Y. After Major Skinner completed his service in Korea, he and Mrs. Skinner lived at army bases in Japan and Germany before settling near Fort Lee, in Petersburg, Va., where they raised their family. Major Skinner died in June 1968.

After earning a master's degree in nutrition from Virginia State University, Mrs. Skinner enjoyed a long career with the Department of Defense, where she worked as chief dietician for the Troop Support Division of the Richmond-based Defense Logistics Agency. Mrs. Skinner moved to Richmond from Petersburg in April 1987. After retiring from the DLA in 1991, she started her own personal-nutrition consulting business and taught cooking classes in her home. She was also a docent at Sherwood Forest Plantation, the home of U.S. President John Tyler, in Charles City, Va.

Mrs. Skinner moved to Massachusetts in 2001 to be nearer to her daughters, Elizabeth Skinner Carduff, of Melrose, and Mary Carol Skinner, of Florence. Both daughters survive her, as do a son, John T. Skinner Jr., of DeWitt, Va., and three grandchildren, John T. Skinner III, of Morehead City, N.C., Emily Van Brunt Carduff, of South Hadley, Mass., and Eliot Skinner Carduff, of Durham, N.H. She was a faithful parishioner at St. Mary of the Annunciation Church, Melrose. She loved cooking, gardening, her beautiful home, her many dogs and cats, and trips to Maine and the beaches of Boston's north shore.

A funeral Mass will be held on December 27th at10AM in the Holy Name of Jesus Church, Two Broadway, Valhalla, N.Y., with interment at Kensico Cemetery, Mount Pleasant, N.Y. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to St. Anthony's Shrine, 100 Arch Street, Boston, MA 02110, or to the ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929. To view an online tribute and sign her memory book please visit