A. Sharon Skinner

09/11/1946 - 11/07/2020

Obituary for A. Sharon Skinner

November 9, 1946 – July 11, 2020

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our mother, A. Sharon Skinner.

Sharon was born in Sexsmith, AB. She would stay in the Peace Country attending Meadowview School and contributing to the family farm. She would later move to Grande Prairie to raise her three children.

Sharon had a very loving nature and hard work ethic. This carried throughout her life with various careers all while raising her children, helping with her grandchildren and many others who saw her as a mother figure. Family always came first and foremost. Sharon touched many lives with her generosity and loving nature.

From the time she was a girl, her passion was horses. As time went on and she could no longer ride, she found joy in driving through her brothers field to take in their beauty.

In her true competitive nature she made a game out of everything, you really had to work to get a win. Her competitive streak lasted her whole life, even with her grandchildren. You always heard about her beloved Oilers, win or lose.

Sharon leaves behind her children: Tracy (Floyd), Richard and Kim (Kevin), as well as her four grandchildren: Riki-Lee, Devon, Olea and Odin.

Sharon is survived by her siblings: Glenn (Doreen), Corrine (Bob) and Larry (Marlene) and many nieces and nephews.

Sharon is pre-deceased by her parents Stanley and Irene Moodie, grandparents John and Olea Blomli, brothers Lesley Moodie, Wayne Moodie and sister-in-law Shirley Moodie.

Funeral to be held at Scenic Heights Cemetery on July 16, 2020 @ 7:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Salvation Army Grande Prairie Family and Community Services, 9615 102 Street, Grande Prairie, AB T8V 2T8

Sharon's family wish to send a BIG thank you to all of the staff on the 3rd floor at Prairie Lake Seniors Community for all of the care and love that was given to Sharon.

Due to COVID and social distancing, there will be no luncheon.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742

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Mom you were my hero and thank you for all you did for me. I know you are no longer in pain but i miss you so much. I love you and know you will be watching over us. Till we meet again I love you
- Tracy Adamache

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What is a funeral?

A funeral is a ceremony for a deceased person prior to burial or cremation. A funeral gives the opportunity for family and friends of the deceased to gather and mourn the passing of their loved one, to share cherished memories and celebrate their life. A funeral is a vital first step to help the bereaved heal after the loss of someone special.

What type of service should I have?

If no pre-arrangements have been made, the type of service is entirely up to you.  Services are usually held at a funeral home, community hall, or a place of worship. There is a wealth of different services, ranging from a traditional religious or military service to something a little more non-traditional. Our funeral directors are more than happy to work with you to figure out what would be the most appropriate.

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What is embalming and what purpose does it serve?

Embalming sanitizes and preserves the body; it also slows down the decomposition process and enhances the appearance of the body damaged by traumatic death or illness. Embalming gives time to the family of the deceased to arrange a service, and allows the family the option of having an open-casket viewing.

What do I do if I am not satisfied with the way a funeral was handled?

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How much does a funeral cost?

The cost of the funeral varies depending on the wishes you have. The average cost of a funeral is between $5,000-$7,000, however, it varies greatly depending on the kind of service you desire. In general, cremation tends to cost less than burial. The costs include professional services including transportation, embalming and other preparations, the use of a facility for the ceremony, and the purchase of a casket or urn.

Can I personalize a funeral?

Of course you can, in fact, more and more people are opting for a more non-traditional personalized service. There is no right or wrong way to celebrate somebody’s life. There are many unique ways to celebrate life, let the funeral director know exactly what your desires are and they will honour your wishes.

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It is highly recommended to have an obituary notice that’s either placed in a local newspaper or placed online. An obituary lets the public know that a death has occurred, and gives them information about the service. Obituaries generally include the deceased’s full name, age, city, and date of birth and the city they were living in when they died. It also includes the name of the deceased’s spouse, along with the names of anyone else significant in their lives, such as parents, children or grandchildren. Space may be limited in a newspaper obituary, but you may include a little blurb on the life and legacy of the deceased. An online obituary or memorial website offers you the chance to add a lot more about the deceased.

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Do I need to have an embalming

No, embalming is often an unnecessary expense, even if a viewing is desired. There are times when we would recommend embalming, especially if there is an extended gap between death and burial or cremation.

Why are funerals so expensive?

Funerals are labor intensive and require a lot of work from a lot of people. The cost of a funeral goes beyond merchandise such as caskets, it includes the services of a funeral director in making the necessary arrangements, filling out forms, and dealing with all the other people involved in the death (doctors, lawyers, insurance companies). Funeral directors work an average of 40 hours per funeral. The cost of operating a funeral home is factored into the cost as well. Funeral homes are a 24 hour operation, with extensive facilities that need to be maintained and secured.

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