Thelma "Lou" Skeith

July 31, 1924May 22, 2018

Thelma “Lou” Skeith, 93, Kansas City, passed away May 22, 2018.

Visitation is Friday, May 25 from 9:00 – 10:00 AM at McGilley Antioch Chapel, 3325 NE Vivion Road, Kansas City. Funeral will be at 10:00 AM, followed by burial at Barry Cemetery.

Lou was born July 31, 1924 in Avondale, MO to Ralph and Thelma (Bratcher) Sparks. She was born a second time in Christ in June of 1970. She married Jim Skeith on June 20, 1942 and they enjoyed 62 years of marriage until Jim passed in January, 2005.

Earlier in life, Lou came alongside her husband in providing for the family with various secretarial jobs. During WWII, she worked as a “Rosie the Riveter” before returning home for their first child, Janet. Later in life, Lou’s mantra became ”Love One Another” John 13:34, 35 “love one another; just as I have loved you…” A faithful wife, loving mother and tender grandmother.

Lou is survived by her daughter, Jan Holderman, and son John (Jeanne) Skeith; grandsons Paul (Stacey) Holderman, Matt (Jill) Holderman, Jared (Sarita) Skeith, Jarel (Amie) Skeith, Jacob (Marie) formerly Skeith, Jonathan (Kim) Skeith, Jordan (Sophia) Skeith; and 24 great grandchildren, with #25 on the way.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in honor of Lou to The Navigators, Memorial Dept. (#53520), PO Box 6079, Albert Lea, MN 56007-6679 or Restore Community Church, 7701 NW Barry Road, Kansas City, MO 64152. Fond memories and condolences may be left at 816-453-7700


  • Jan Holderman, Daughter
  • John (Jeanne) Skeith, Son
  • Paul (Stacey) Holderman, Grandson
  • Matt (Jill) Holderman, Grandson
  • Jared (Sarita) Skeith, Grandson
  • Jarel (Amie) Skeith, Grandson
  • Jacob (Marie) formerly Skeith, Grandson
  • Jonathan (Kim) Skeith, Grandson
  • Jordan (Sophia) Skeith, Grandson
  • 24 great grandchildren, with #25 on the way.

  • "Grandsons"
  • Paul
  • Matt
  • Jared
  • Jerel
  • Jacob
  • Jonathan
  • Jordan

  • The Navigators Memorial Dept. (#53520)
  • Restore Community Church



  • Funeral Service Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, May 25, 2018


  • Commital Service

Thelma "Lou" Skeith

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Matthew Holderman

May 29, 2018

My Great Grandma Skeith was, hands down, the sweetest person I ever knew. I will never forget October of 2016, when I visited her and my Grandma Jan in Kansas City. It was my dad, Matt Holderman, and I's birthday weekend. I was sitting at the dinner table with the family and we were all talking about how Grandma Skeith was the sweetest person we'd all met. She walked in the room and my dad said to her, "Grandma, we were all just saying how you are the sweetest person we've all met." And she responded by saying, "That's right! And don't you forget it!" We all burst out laughing. She had the biggest smile on her face. Rest In Peace Great Grandma, I love you. 'Till we meet again.