Alberta J. ESPIE
June 25, 1934 – March 21, 2020
Alberta Espie passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020 after a battle against Alzheimer’s disease. She is survived by her husband Fred Skinner, her children Serafina, Jason and Ethan, her grandchildren Gemma, Chloe and Sofia, her sister Gaye and brother Jack. Alberta was born in Newport News, VA on June 25, 1934. She attended high school in Pensacola, FL and graduated from Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, GA.
Alberta married her late husband Steve who worked for the US foreign service. While raising their three children, the family spent some time overseas. This is where Alberta began her career in service of the US State Department. Part of her responsibilities was writing pamphlets – “Tips for Travelers.” These handy pamphlets told citizens about certain dangers in different countries for travel and how to cope with unfamiliar cultures.
After returning to the US, Alberta divorced Steve, and later met Fred Skinner, whom she married in February 1994. Alberta had been offered an opportunity to travel overseas doing consular work, evaluating foreign nationals for travel and immigrant visas. Together Alberta and Fred traveled, lived and worked in many places in the world, such as Karachi Pakistan, Islamabad, Seoul Korea and Mongolia! The couple visited over 20 countries. After getting back to the US, the couple spent a few years in Bethesda, MD before moving to Jacksonville, FL. Alberta was quite active in the Jacksonville Democratic party and won an award plaque from DWIN (the Democratic women’s group). Alberta was also a big advocate of Mother Nature. She cared much for the environment and earned her “green credentials” by installing 31 solar panels, driving environment friendly vehicles and not eating red meat. She was fond of animals, her latest favorites being Duke, the hound and Daisy, the Cat. During her retirement years Alberta took many trips with her husband Fred. Most mentionable were trips to Alaska and white-water rafting on the rapids.
Alberta touched many lives and was loved by many. She will be remembered and missed dearly. A memorial service will be planned at a later moment in time.