Sally T. Skillin, 81: Family matriarch, known for her laugh

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FALMOUTH — Sally Talbot Skillin, 81, died at her home Thursday, Nov. 11, surrounded by family and friends.

A lifelong resident of Falmouth, she was born Aug. 28, 1929, at her parents home on Gray Road.

After graduating from Falmouth High School in 1948, she attended Westbrook Junior College, graduating with an associate’s degree.

On Sept. 20, 1952, she married her high school sweetheart, John A. Skillin.

Always supportive of her husband’s career and the family business, she worked part-time at Skillin’s Greenhouse until this past spring.

Above all, she loved her family, friends and pets.

The family always enjoyed the outdoors, from camping, family gatherings and cookouts – even in the dead of winter – to spending time at the family camps at Indian Pond and Moosehead Lake.

She was well-known for her laugh and love of a good joke.

Her husband John A. Skillin predeceased her in 2002.

Surviving are her brother Richard Talbot of Falmouth; her three children Jill Skillin of Washington, Vt., Terry Skillin and his wife Erlene of Falmouth and Jeff Skillin and his wife Lisa of Falmouth; five grandchildren, Chad, Kristina, Cayla, Jessica and Lee; two great-grandchildren, Pyper and Natalie; her brother-in-law David Skillin and his wife Brenda of Falmouth; and many friends whom she loved deeply.

A character to the end, she wanted to go out with a yellow rose in her teeth, and her family will respect her wish.

Visiting hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16 at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth.

A funeral service will take place at the West Falmouth Baptist Church, 18 Mountain Road, Falmouth at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 17, followed by a reception at the church.

Please visit to view a video collage of her life and to share condolences, memories and tributes with the Skillin family.

While she loved flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Animal Refuge League, P.O. Box 336, Westbrook, ME 04098 or to Beacon Hospice, 54 Atlantic Place, South Portland, ME 04106.

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