Doris Skiba

Doris Skiba

Doris Roberts Skiba, 93, of Shortcut Road, Shawboro, NC died Thursday, September 5, 2013 at her residence.  She was born January 20, 1920 to the late James and Ida Roberts.  Mrs. Skiba was the widow of the late Louis Stanley Skiba originally of Alpena, Michigan.  Mr. & Mrs. Skiba lived in Norfolk VA for many years.  After rebuilding an old farm house, they retired and moved to Shawboro in 1977.  Mrs. Skiba graduated from East Carolina Teacher’s College in 1942. She enjoyed sports and won numerous athletic awards at college.  Her favorite sports teams were the Washington Redskins and New York Yankees.  She worked for the War Price and Ration Board in Windsor, NC until her marriage.  Subsequently, she taught kindergarten and nursery school while her children were young and also did some substitute teaching during grade school.   She was a member of Providence Baptist Church in Shawboro and in her youth loved to sing in the choir and play the piano.  Her favorite hymns were In the Garden and Amazing Grace.  Mrs. Skiba loved to work in her yard and garden and also enjoyed playing games with all of the children and making things with them.

She is survived by a son, Robert Skiba and his wife, Sheryl of Camden NC and a daughter, Doris Skiba of Alexandria, VA and three grandchildren, Michael A Skiba and wife, Tania of Richmond, VA, Leslie A. Rudzinski and husband, Todd of Richmond, VA and Zachary A. Tenney of Mooresville, NC.  Besides her husband and parents, Mrs. Skiba was preceded in death by her siblings, Frank Roberts, Vernon Roberts, Walter Roberts, Isaac Roberts, James Roberts, Edward Roberts, Joel Roberts, Raymond Roberts, Ralph Roberts, Wilbert Roberts and Ida Robertson.

A graveside service will be conducted Sunday, September 8, 2013, at 1:00 p.m. at the Roberts Family Cemetery, Shawboro, NC officiated  by Rev Charles Stevens and Rev. Charles Wellons.  Twiford Funeral Home, 405 E. Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Skiba family.  Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at

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  1. Anne and Kevin Jennings

    We learned so much from her and enjoyed being with her when “we” were taking care of Aunt Ida. She certainly earned many stars in her crown for being such a patient and attentive caregiver to Louis and to her sister. I made a “secret” reference to Aunt Doris in the book but I am sure the family knows to whom I was fondly referring. Even until the last time I visited her she was always sure I had come up from Florida and wanted to know how long I had been here.

  2. Vernon & Elizabeth Burgess

    Our condolences are sent to Bobby & Doris Jr. Aunt Doris was very special to me as a little girl. She used to hold me in her lap & tell me interesting stories a lot of times when the family met for Christmas gatherings held in my home for several years. She was in college at the time. I heard stories of her being so athletic but Grandpapa was not to be told as he didn’t approve. Our love to you, Elizabeth

  3. denny morse

    i am sorry to note doris’ passing. i visted doris and lerwis once or twice a week for several years. i was a church volenteer. my condolences.

    denny morse

  4. Bob Skiba

    My mom was the best. She was always fun to be with and she supported me in all of my school activities, sports and
    home work. I was a lucky boy to have a mom that cared for me so much so that I could excel at most of everything I became involved with. She always enjoyed helping or giving to everyone.
    I will always remember her encouraging words and her great smile. Thank you mom for being so great to me and my family through “thick” or “thin”. I will always love you and remember all of the good times with you and Dad.
    I know God is Blessing you again at this moment. Bob

  5. Nancy Curtis

    I know you probably don’t remember me. We use to get together years ago. I was so sorry to read about the passing of your mom. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Nancy Curtis

  6. Doris Skiba

    Hi, Nancy,

    I most certainly do remember you! Thanks so much for your condolences.

    You know, Mom seemed eternal to me. It is just so hard to believe she is in Spirit now. But Mom had a good long life and she spread kindness and laughter everywhere she went. I am beyond grateful to have had so many years with her. I hope I am a good example of the kind of person she taught me to be…thar’s my goal, anyway.

    Hope you and your family are well.

    Much love,

    Doris Jr.

  7. Larry and Cheryl Shabro

    Keeping the Skiba family in our thoughts and prayers….
    Doris was married to Louis who was my mother’s brother. My mother is Theresa (Skiba) Jalosky.
    Mothers and grandmothers are very special and you will always keep fond memories…..
    Only wish we could have all met as we got older.

  8. Gwen Skiba Chrzan

    Doris and Bobby
    You both are in my thoughts at this difficult time. Your mother was a wonderful soul and did spread laughter and kindness to others. Gwen

  9. Bob Skiba

    Hello Denny:

    I remember your visits with my mom and dad. You had a lot of love and patience with my dad who was suffering.
    My dad enjoyed talking with you because you and he could talk “guy stuff”. I still remember the board you made with my dad out of pennies spelling his name.
    Thank you for being there. Bob

  10. Bob Skiba

    Hello Gwen:
    Our families sure enjoyed each other during the summer. I will always remember the laughter as the parents played cards at grandma Skibas and the kids drinking Vernon’s pop. Doris and I got to see a lot of beautiful places in Michigan and hope to return someday.
    Paul Bunyan, Babe the Blue Ox and fantastic fishing in any lake you picked. Love, Bob

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