Louise Skains was born on March 25, 1917, in Normangee, to Ernest Milton and Annie T. (Morris) Childress. She grew up in Normangee and was a graduate of Normangee High School. Louise lived in Freeport, where she worked and retired from Dow Chemical Co. as a telephone operator. Before that, she had worked as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell. Louise lived in Freeport for approximately 40 years and was married to Tom Jones, until his passing in 1975.
Louise moved back to Madison County after her marriage to Allen Skains in the late 1970s. Soon after, her sister and husband moved to Madisonville. Louise and Allen were both faithful members of First Baptist Church in Madisonville for more than 40 years. Louise regularly attended church services and was always willing to lend a helping hand in church activities. Louise was a longtime member of the Order of the Eastern Star No. 193 in Madisonville and was a past Worthy Matron. In her younger days, she had enjoyed sewing and always loved a good game of “42.”
Following her husband Allen’s passing, Louise moved to Huntsville at the Lexington Center, an assisted living facility, where she remained active until just one week before her departure from this life. Louise loved to read the Bible and had read it from cover to cover numerous times. She would often sit with the staff from the assisted living facility when they would read the bible together in hope that it would strengthen their own walk with God and bring them closer to Him.
Louise passed away on July 24, 2017, in Bryan, at 100 years of age. She was preceded in death by both of her parents; husbands, Tom P. Jones and Allen Skains; siblings, Lavada Bruce, Inez Menefee, Sam Childress and Preston Childress; and grandson, Bill Jones. Surviving family members include son and daughter-in-law, Dickie and Linda Jones of Caldwell; stepsons, Curtis Skains of Huntsville and Billy Skains of Houston; sister, Pauline DeBerry of Conroe; grandchildren, Rhonda Shed, Regina Aaron, Richard Jones and Joe Geer, and grandsons from late husband, Allen Skains, Kevin, Joe Bryan, Justin, Billy Joe Jr. and Charlie. Louise is also survived by numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Louise were held Saturday, July 29, 2017, at First Baptist Church in Madisonville. The Rev. Joshua Crutchfield, pastor of the church, officiated the service, followed by interment in the Plainview Cemetery near Normangee.
Pallbearers were Joe Geer, William DeBerry, Earl Stone, Tom Menefee, Bill Awalt and Paul Bruce.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley, 502 W. 26th St., Bryan, TS 77803, or http://hospicebrazosvalley.org/donate.html.
Madisonville Funeral Home was in charge of all arrangments.
To view the online memorial webpage for Mrs. Skains, please go to www.madisonvillefuneralhome.com.