It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jewel Ann Skonnard, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, on March 21, 2022 in Farmington, Utah. She died peacefully surrounded by her family from natural causes associated with dementia. She was 77 years old.
Jewel was born on December 14, 1944 in Bellingham, Washington. Daughter of Ruth and Russell Foulke and sister to Spencer and Paul Foulke.
After moving many times throughout her childhood, her family settled in Tillamook, Oregon, where she attended and graduated from Tillamook High School. It was during this time that she became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; a new faith that fostered a closer relationship with her Heavenly Father. She later moved to Portland, OR where she met John Benjamin Skonnard at a church dance, and their wonderful life together began. After Ben's mission service, they married in the Salt Lake Temple on October 31, 1969.
Jewel approached life with wonder and curiosity. Always a learner, lover of nature, animals and people. She felt God's love through His beautiful creations. One of her greatest qualities was her genuine interest and admiration for everyone she met. She was loved by all who knew her.
Jewel worked at Cleveland High School for many years as a secretary and career counselor. She served faithfully in her church community, blessing many lives with her gifts. One treasured calling was as a full time senior missionary with her husband Ben in Phoenix, AZ from 2010-2012.
Of all her many accomplishments, the most rewarding was being a mother. Jenny, Aaron, Emilee and Sara filled her life with purpose and meaning above anything else. Her children were her pride and joy. She was to them their biggest fan and cheerleader.
She was truly a "Jewel" of a woman and will be missed dearly.
Jewel is survived by her loving husband of 52 years, Ben, 4 children, Jenny (Cory) Farley of Prescott Valley, AZ, Aaron (Monica) Skonnard of Alpine, UT, Emilee (Manuel) Murdoch of Blackfoot, ID, Sara (David) Conklin of St. George, UT, 24 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Ruth and Russell Foulke, brother Spencer Foulke and sister-in-law Joanne Hellberg.
Funeral services to celebrate her life will be held this Saturday, March 26, 10 AM at Anderson and Sons Mortuary: Lone Peak Chapel. Address is 6141 W 11000 N, Highland, UT 84003. There will be a viewing prior to the service from 8:45 to 9:45 AM.
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