Cora May (nee Manton) Skipsey

SKIPSEY, Cora May (nee Manton) Passed away suddenly May 2, 2004 at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, following a brief illness. Born in Victoria April 4, 1923, she enjoyed an active youth in sports and Anglican Young People Association, including the founding of Camp Columbia. She attended Normal School and began a teaching career in Alberni in 1948. There she met her husband Arthur Skipsey and was married in 1956, raising five children. While in Alberni, Cora began a life-long membership in Beta Sigma Phi, lasting more than fifty years. She earned the position of Master and was awarded the International Award of Distinction for outstanding service for which she was nominated by the entire membership. The family moved to Qualicum Beach in 1966 where she played an active role in her church, teaching Sunday School, leading Explorers, directing camps plus serving on committees, boards and as Clerk of Session. Cora lived her Christian faith by reaching out to people, whether it be by inviting them to join family events or Brown Bag Lunch. In the community she helped establish the local Canadian Arthritis and Rheumatism Society branch, served on the Home Support Board, and was a founding member of the Qualicum Beach Historical and Museum Society, serving the first eight years as president. She and her husband were founding donors of the Parksville Qualicum Community Foundation. Cora, along with husband Art, were honoured with the Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award in recognition for their oustanding contributions to the community and displaying leadership and citizenship qualities. Her compassion and caring extended well beyond her family, friends and community. She was predeceased by her brother Joe Manton. Survived by her loving family: sister Laura Yates, husband Arthur, children Joseph (Kathy), Norman (Becky), daughters Jane, Corinne, Anne and seven grandchildren: Heather, Bill, Joe, Andrew, Neil, Karen and Brent. A family bonded by love (and the love of ice cream.) She will be greatly missed by her extended family and numerous friends. A service of remembrance will be held Friday May 7, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s United Church, 150 Village Way, Qualicum Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Stephen’s Memorial Fund, or the Skipsey Family Fund with the Parksville Qualicum Community Foundation, 102-663 Beach Road, Qualicum Beach, V9K 2H7. YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM (248-5859) in care of arrangements.