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Dorothy "Dot" Lou Skeens

June 9, 1940January 7, 2021
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Dorothy Lou Skeens, age 80, passed away peacefully January 7, 2021 due to congestive heart failure. She was born June 9, 1940 in Georgetown, Ohio to Pearl B. and Berdena M. (nee High) McElfresh. She married the love of her life, James H. Skeens, in March of 1961 who preceded her in death in 2012. They were married 51 years until his passing.

Dorothy loved collecting Precious Moments figurines along with bells. Friends and loved ones would bring her a bell from the different places they visited to add to her collection.

For many years Dorothy worked in the food industry, she started her career at Piccadilly Cafeteria in the Killeen Mall and retired. After retiring from Piccadilly, she started working at Ellison High School in the cafeteria. Once she finally retired from Ellison High, she stayed retired and enjoyed her days with her husband, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Kenneth McElfresh, and sister, Carol Bailey.

Dorothy is survived by her brother and wife, Bobby and Nancy McElfresh, her son and daughter and their spouses, James L. and Linda Skeens and Connie and John Daniel; grandchildren, Ashleigh Skeens-King, Paige Daniel, Aaron Skeens and Bradley Daniel; plus 2 great grandchildren and her many nephews and nieces. All of these she loved and touched deeply.

Please join us in celebrating her life by visiting with her family and friends on Thursday evening, January 28, 2021, between 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen. Final services will be held graveside at Killeen Memorial Park on Friday, January 29, 2021 at 11:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either American Lung Association or American Heart Association.


28 January


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home


29 January

Graveside Service

11:00 am

Killeen Memorial Park



Dorothy "Dot" Lou Skeens

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Angela Grisham

January 26, 2021

James & Connie and Families,
My heart goes out to you and your family in your time of sorrow. No matter how old we get, the loss of a parent is never easy.
Dorothy was such a spunky lady and full of life. She brought a smile to all of those that surrounded her.
You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Angela Grisham

Helen Guzman

January 26, 2021

Our heart and prayers are with you James, Connie, Ashleigh and your families. Your mom and grandma was such a beautiful, funny, and loving person with a big ❤️ heart. We will always cherish the times and conversations we had with Dorothy.
Even through Facebook we kept in touch playing games or just checking in. May she rest in heavenly peace. I'm sure there was a grand reunion when you're dad welcomed her home. God Bless You All, Helen Guzman Polchinski and the whole Polchinski family

Lynn Neufarth

January 19, 2021

Dear Lanty, Connie, and family,
I am truly blessed to have had all the opportunities to talk on the phone and text with Aunt Dorothy almost daily. She and I settled all the problems of the world!! I still look at my phone to see if she has left me a message or text. I enjoyed my visits to Texas spending valuable time with all of you. She and I developed a special bond and I am forever blessed.

I was blessed to share the love of Jesus with her and pray with her often. The greatest blessing for me was when she was not feeling well or was a little down she would call and ask me to pray with her. What a blessing I received. She will forever live in my heart and I will see her again one day. Philippians 1:3 says, “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you”.

To each of you please know I love you dearly. I leave this scripture to you: Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted”.

Love and prayers,

Ralph Neufarth

January 19, 2021

Aunt Dorothy and I got off to a rough start just before my marriage to Lynn. But as time went on, we forgave each other and grew in love and respect for one another. In recent years we would text a bunch and occasionally talk on the phone. I would send her pictures of our cat, Louie. I think she loved him more than us. But, it was a bit of a running joke. I truly loved her and will miss her. I pray we can all be reunited on the day of our Lord's coming.

In His grace,
Ralph Neufarth

James Lanty Skeens

January 18, 2021

Mom you were a loving and caring woman and you will be terribly missed. You're now along side Dad in the Heavens where you belong. I know he's enjoying your companionship again and rightful so. You've only been gone a short time and I miss you already.
I love you Mom.....

connie daniel

January 17, 2021

connie daniel

January 15, 2021

Our family in Germany

Joyce Stanley

January 13, 2021

Aunt Dorothy I will miss hearing your voice and famous “whatcha doing puss”. Thinking of Lanty and family, Connie Jo and family, she was one of a kind. Love to all.



When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Dorothy Lou Skeens who was indeed a born manager. She will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. She was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with her throughout her life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Dot was an individual who clearly communicated to those around her just who she was and what she was all about. Everyone acquainted with Dot knew her as a well-respected woman who was a stable force in her community.

     Her parents were Pearl B and Berdine M McElfresh. Dot was raised in Felicity, Ohio. Even as a youngster, Dot learned to be objective and decisive. Her faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that she carried with her throughout her life.

     As a young girl, Dot was able to put her natural abilities to work. Dot was raised with 4 siblings two older brother, Kenneth Ray and Bobby, and an older sister Carol Jean.

     In school, Dot was as close to being a model student as one could possibly imagine. She sought to achieve perfect attendance in all of her classes. She graduated from Felicity-Franklin High School in 1960. She enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers.
An objective and conscientious individual, Dot reveled in the security of her family. One of Dot’s most endearing qualities was her uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and her unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for her family and friends.

     Dot was ever watchful of her children. She worried about them and was deeply concerned for their development as they grew up. She maintained a firm hand in their upbringing. Dot would give her stamp of approval to their requests, as long as she could see how they might benefit. She also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that her children were properly raised. Dot was blessed with two children, a son, James L, and a daughter Connie. She was also blessed with four grandchildren, Ashleigh, Paige, Aaron and Bradley and two great grandchildren, Jeremy and Caleb.

     Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Dot was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. She worked cooperatively and expected the same from her colleagues. In both her personal and professional environments, Dot upheld her standards. Her primary occupation was in the food industry. She was employed at Piccadilly and Killeen Independent School District.

     Her favorite pursuits were collecting Precious Moments and bells from different places where people visited. Dot was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

     When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Dot enjoyed visiting her family that lived in Ohio.

     Dot was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. One of Dot’s favorites was Bubbles, a Terrier mix. Her family was rounded out by her other dogs later in life, Tinkerbell, a Poodle and Boy, a Pomeranian.

     Dot passed away on January 7, 2021 at Medical City in Plano, Texas of cardiac arrest. She is survived by her children and their spouses, James and Linda and Connie and John; her grandchildren Ashleigh, Paige, Aaron and Bradley and great grandchildren Jeremy and Caleb. Services were held at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home in Killeen, TX and Dot was laid to rest in Killeen Memorial Park in Killeen, TX.

     All who knew her would agree that Dot was a pillar of the community. She lived her life with her feet firmly on the ground. She had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in her thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. She was willing to share her ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Dorothy did her best to ensure that her family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life she touched was given the chance to become a better person.