Neosha “Peggy” Skinner

Jan. 1920 - Sept. 2017
An Amazing, Honorable, Accomplished Business Woman

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Neosha “Peggy” Pool Skinner, the second born and the longest-lived of six siblings, was the daughter of Kate Marie Acree and James Ernest Pool. On her paternal side she was descended from a colonial Virginia family that was originally known by the unusual and distinctive surname Pettypool.

Born in Cardwell, Missouri, Peggy moved with her family to Orange, California in March of 1936. She recalled that they arrived on the day of the legendary return of the swallows to Mission San Juan Capistrano, and she loved California from that first day.

In 1941 Peggy married Raymond A. Skinner, with whom she lived for 59 years until his death in January of 2000. Leaving Orange in 1953 they moved to Pixley, California and jointly operated liquor and convenience stores in Tulare County until their retirement to the Modesto area in 1978.  She was especially proud that she had been able to develop into an accomplished businesswoman during her time in Tulare County.

Peggy was a woman of ambition, strong convictions and sense of fair play, great personal loyalty, and an amazing work ethic. She valued her independence until the end and displayed uncompromising ethical integrity.  She was a terrific role model for her daughters, inspiring them to behave honorably and to do their best at everything they tried.

She loved fabric, sewing and quilt-making, and she produced many beautiful garments and quilts during her long life. She adored children generally and especially enjoyed spending time with her grandsons.  Her lively spirit will be deeply missed by her family and friends.

She is survived by daughters Carolyn Hartsough and Donna Skinner; son-in-law Larry Hartsough; grandsons John D. S. Hartsough and Mark A. Pinzon. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings: Hazel Hewson (1917-2004), Zearon Pool (1922-1953), Berneeta Gray (1925-1993), Lawrence Pool (1927-2011), and Mary Lou Rux (1929-2009).


The family wishes to offer profuse and sincere thanks to the entire staff at Orangeburg Manor Assisted Care in Modesto where Peggy spent her final three years. Special acknowledgement is due the following caretakers who were cheerfully attentive and unfailingly devoted to Peggy’s health and emotional well-being: Miriam Diaz, Virginia Rodriguez, Erica Onakoya, Ciana Zeiger, Sandra Vigars, Marisela Yepez, Esmeralda Diaz, Steven Garcia, Dawn Brown, Syreeta Jones. Uma Nair and Edgar Medina.

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