Iris Elaine DeGrave Skowbo lost her long battle with cancer on December 22, 2015.
Iris was born on April 28, 1939, in Stephenson, Michigan. She attended Cedar Lakes Academy where she met and later married Stanley Skowbo, her husband of 55 years. She also attended Andrews University where her favorite courses were in art. As an Army wife, Iris spent time in Washington, D.C., enjoying the sights. The young family moved west to Colorado and ultimately settled in Moab. Iris loved the long vistas so different from the thick Michigan woods.
From teaching children at church, to baking beautiful wedding and birthday cakes, to arranging flowers, to sewing wardrobes and quilts, Iris’ creativity shone. She had a nearly unsurpassed green thumb and always had produce to share. She was very interested in people and their stories and was happy at others’ good fortune. Her generous and giving heart led her into Home Health and Hospice care in her later years. She will be greatly missed.
Iris was preceded in death by her daughter Wilmella Conley and by her son-in-law David Conley. She is survived by granddaughter Laura Conley, son Gary (Monica) Skowbo, granddaughter Cari Buckowich, son Jim (Sara) Skowbo, granddaughters Natalie and Chloe, brother Larry DeGrave and family, and sister-in-law Amy Fraizer and family.
Cremation has taken place. Memorial services will be held at a later date.