Ms. Mary Jane Skinner

July 14, 1945February 23, 2012

MARY JANE SKINNER July 14, 1945 - February 23, 2012 A phenomenal woman with a radiant smile who touched many hearts has gone home to be with the Lord. Though it is a time to mourn and a time to shed tears, we can also rejoice in knowing her family and friends deeply loved her. As a daughter, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a friend she was a trusted confidante loved by all. Mary Jane is deeply missed by her children Valarie Naomi Skinner, Thomas Arthur Skinner, Ronald Jerome Skinner, Clara-Belle Williams and husband Gladstone of Toronto; sisters Eveline Dear of Burlington, Louise Zelazny of St. Catharines, Irene Bell of Hamilton, Dorothy Quarles of Denver, Mammie Pelley of Guysborough ; brothers Junior Skinner and wife Julie of Willowdale, Douglas Skinner and Louis Skinner of Toronto; Ella, wife of her late brother Lawrence Skinner of Antigonish and Nora, wife of late brother Bill Skinner of Mississauga. Mary Jane was also blessed with many grandchildren, one great-grandson and many nieces and nephews. Visitation will take place on Wednesday, February 29th and Thursday, March 1st from 4-8 p.m. both days at Giffen-Mack Funeral Home, 4115 Lawrence Ave. East, Scarborough, ON. Church Service will be held at Global Kingdom Ministries 1250 Markham Rd., Toronto, ON, on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 11 a.m., with reception to follow at the church after the burial service at Pine Hills Cemetery.


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 29, 2012
  • Visitation Thursday, March 1, 2012
  • Funeral Service Friday, March 2, 2012

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Christine Penney

March 21, 2012

Valerie, I was very sorry to hear of your mother's passing. My sincere condolences to you and your family. May your memories keep your mother close to you.

Christina (Vloyannitis) Angelopoulos

March 11, 2012

Ms. Skinner's spirit is STILL helping me, and even strangers. Please read this blessed story of her love.

After the beautiful service, I kept remembering Valerie saying how her mom would say, "Oh dear, that's just the way he is," when Valerie asked why she wouldn't let people anger her.

I've prayed to God so many times to help me deal with a certain person, one whom I can't avoid, and I was getting so upset, and Ms. Skinner's words (and I pictured her smile), came to me, as Valerie said them.

I felt much better instantly, and I posted on Facebook about what I just described. (I had also posted throughout about Ms. Skinner, and that I loved her.)

Then something else wonderful happened. A colleague of mine commented, and I quote, (well, cut and paste):

"I needed that more than you will ever know. Thank you Christina and Mrs. Skinner."

Praise God!

I feel like crying. Ms. Skinner came to the rescue again; like always. She helped a total stranger and the vehicle was love.

I'm so happy to have known her, and the children, and to love her and them.

Most of all, I'm thrilled that God makes it that love never dies and that Ms. Skinner is still blessing us, and even strangers.

Thank you God and Ms. Skinner (and family) for loving me and my colleague with those words.


I love you.
Christina from Coleman. : )

Tracey Hogan

March 8, 2012

May God Bless and strengthen you family.

Lisa Chan

March 7, 2012


My deepest condolences. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Sandy Paris

March 3, 2012

To the Skinner Family,

We were very saddened to hear of Mary Jane's passing. She was a truly lovely person with such a kind a gentle spirit. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless and keep you at this very difficult time and always.

Peace and Blessings,
Francis and Joan Paris, New Glasgow, NS
Sandy Paris, Halifax, NS

Michelle Griffith

March 3, 2012


Words cannot describe my heartfelt condolences. My thoughts are with you and your family. I hope you are always comforted and strengthened with the joyful warm memories your mother brought you.


Kristi Ferguson

March 2, 2012

Valerie, my deepest condolences. You have been a pillar of strength for your Mother when she needed it most, and should take comfort in knowing you were there. Thinking of you and your family and hoping your strong faith will help you through.

March 2, 2012

"A mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, or friend, no matter the title of the ralationship to you, Mary will always be remembered as a lady of substance, class, statue, devotion, spirited, strong willed, and most of all open hearted. We will dearly miss you and treasure the wealth of memories shared. Todd Shepherd (Stoney Creek, Ontario.)

Lorraine Reddick

March 2, 2012

Expressing our deepest condolences and prayers to all Mary Jane's family at this very difficult time. Your Mom was a very special, kind and dear friend, and we are so sadden by her passing. May she rest in peace. Be strong in the Lord, and may God Bless you all.

Wilfred, Lorraine Reddick & Family


March 2, 2012

may she rest in perfect peace and may that peace be felt by all those who love her - xoxo nadine (lil nadine) xoxo