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Barbara Skillman07/21/2019
Barbara Allen (Skillman) Verville, beloved wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away at UK Chandler Hospital Sunday, July 21, 2019. She was 72 years old.

Barbara was born on December 7, 1946, in Hastings, Nebraska to parents John and Frances Skillman.

She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Paul Verville; one daughter, Sandy Wilson (Scott), one son, David (Mary Catherine), five grandchildren, Quinn Wilson, Evan Wilson, Catherine Verville, Lucy Verville, and Matthew Verville. The youngest of four children, she is also survived by her brother Edward Skillman, and a host of beloved brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews.

Besides her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her two sisters, Nancye Houck and Jayne Ardith Skillman, and her step-mother, Lea Caproni Skillman.

She graduated from Western Kentucky University with a degree in Elementary Education. She received her Rank 1 in Early Education from Georgetown College. Barbara began her career as a Kindergarten teacher at Williamstown Independent Schools in Williamstown, Kentucky in 1972. She reconnected with her childhood neighbor, Paul in 1972, and they were married in 1973 at St. Patrick Church in Maysville.

Barbara was a teacher in Williamstown for 14 years before moving back to Maysville in 1986 to work in her family’s restaurant business, Caproni’s. She began teaching in Maysville the following year at Jones Elementary and remained there until the merger with Mason County. She moved to Straub Elementary and continued teaching until her retirement in 2004. After a year off, she worked at St. Augustine Catholic School in Augusta for six more years. In total, she was a teacher for 36 years.

Barbara loved life. She had undeniable energy and a magnetic personality. Her presence was effortless, yet powerful. She lived life with exceptional character, charm, humor, and wit. Barbara lived purposefully and loved people deeply. Her greatest joy was time spent with her family and lifelong friends, especially her grandchildren who brought her immense happiness. Her family has been immeasurably blessed by her devotion, faithfulness, and love. Her spirit lives on through all of those who were lucky enough to have crossed her path.
Barbara Skillman
Visitation services will be held on Friday, July 26, 2019, at Moore & Parker Funeral Home, Maysville from 4:00-8:00 p.m. The funeral will be Saturday, July 27, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Patrick Church, Maysville, Kentucky with Rev. Andrew Young officiating. Burial will be conducted privately at a later time.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Katie DeSpain Scholarship Fund c/o Hayswood Hospital Foundation-Attn: Lloyd Schiltz, or St. Patrick School. Condolences may be sent to