Vanette Retherford Skillin
Published in Malvern Daily Record on Mar. 11, 2015

Vanette Skillin 1932 - 2015

Vanette Skillin, professional ballroom dancer, manager, mom,
and adoring wife passed away peacefully on March 1, 2015 at
82 years of age.

Vanette was born in Hot Springs, Arkansas on September 1,
1932 to Hazel Linam Retherford and Evander Monroe Retherford.

During World War II, Vanette lived and went to school in the war
relocation centers at Rohwer and Jerome, Arkansas where her mother was a school
teacher. Vanette graduated from
Central High School (1951) in Washington D.C. and
began a career at the department of Health, Education and Welfare. As a professional
ballroom dancer, she competed, taught and performed at many functions in the
Washington D.C. area. In 1961 she married Cecil Skillin from Kenduskeag, Maine and
soon began to raise two sons in Fairfax, Virginia. In the mid-1970s they moved to Florida.
There Vanette worked hard to raise the boys, enjoyed new friends, and was active in the
North Naples United Methodist Church.

Vanette took great pride in watching their boys both graduate college, start their families
and careers. Leaving Florida, Vanette and Cecil enjoyed the RV life often traveling
between Laughlin, Nevada and Valdez, Alaska. Many new life-long friends were made
who also traveled the roads. Vanette and Cecil settled down in Hoschton, Georgia near
family in 2006.

Vanette is survived by her husband of 53 years , Cecil Skillin, sisters Diane Baker, Jan
Retherford Sullivan, and Ann Retherford, sons Bruce Skillin and Scott Skillin, and
daughter in-law Marcy Ward Skillin. Vanette's biggest smiles were seen after the mere
mention of grandchildren Kimberly Skillin Tinney, Kristen Skillin, Sabrina Skillin, Sam
Skillin, great grandchildren Harbin Tinney, Catherine Tinney, Lydia Tinney, Ella Tinney,
Penelope Tinney, and Wesley Linen.

No service will be held at Vanette's request.

Vanette will be laid to rest in with family in Magnet Cove, Arkansas.

Remembrances can be left on Vanette's Facebook page: .

Arrangements by Lawson Funeral Home, 4532 Hwy 53, Hoschton, GA, 30548,