Barbara Dell Skaggs, age 88, passed away at 3:20 p.m., Friday, February 23, 2018 at Quaker Hill Manor.
Barbara was born July 15, 1929 in Miami, Okla. Her parents were L.E. “Pete” and Sybil (Williams) McGregor. Barbara had lived in Baxter Springs most all of her life. She graduated from Baxter High School with the class of 1947.
Barbara had tried her hand at many small jobs, but her primary role was homemaker. As the children grew up, Barbara spent a few years as hairdresser, followed by years involved in the craft business, but her greatest role was serving those in need. For 19 years. Barbara, along with her faithful follower/husband, Evert became the face and foundation of the Ministerial Alliance Thrift Shop, where they spent countless hours helping others.
She was an active member of the Baxter Springs First Christian Church, where she was known for her leadership in organizing the crafts for their annual Bazar and Funeral Dinner Chicken Casserole.
She considered serving others was her life’s calling. In her free time she enjoyed quilting, gardening, and cooking.
In addition to her parents, and husband Evert of 67 years; she was preceded in death by one son, Jim Skaggs, and one sister, Jill Ann McCraken.
She is survived by one son, Steve Skaggs (wife, Pamela), Joplin, Mo.; one daughter, Cathy Bolek (husband, Steve), Baxter Springs; one brother, Ronal “Sonny” McGregor, Baxter Springs; one sister, Pat Warstler, Baxter Springs; and two grandchildren, Brett Skaggs, Los Angeles, Calif. and Chad Reed, Iola, Kan.
She was entrusted to Derfelt’s Baxter Chapel for cremation. Family plans to celebrate Barbara’s life with a private family and friend dinner at the church. In lieu of flowers, her friends are asked to go do a good deed for someone else in Barbara’s honor.