Joan G. Skilton - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Joan G. Skilton

July 10, 1937 - April 5, 2023

Joan G. Skilton, age 85, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Wednesday, April 5, 2023.

Born in Barrington, NJ on July 10, 1937, she was a daughter of the late Vernon H. and Grace (McMullen) Thomas. Joan worked as a coordinator finding host families for ELI students at the University of Delaware. Through her career, she and her husband had the pleasure of hosting many international students from around the world.

Active in her community, Joan assisted with coordinating C.R.O.P. Walks in the area and serving as a guide to the New Castle Historical Society Museums. She also spent 50 years as a member of the Swanwyck Garden Club, even contributing as president for many years. Joan was deeply committed to her faith and had been a long-time member of the New Castle United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Harry A. Skilton. She is survived by her children, James Skilton (Lynne) of Littleton, NC, Richard Skilton (Michelle) of Townsend, and Suzanne Lentini (Kurt) of Suffolk, VA; sister, Helen James of Medford, NJ; grandchildren, Morgan Barnes (Eric), Emma Skilton, Reed Skilton, Jamie Lentini, and Tyler Lentini; great-granddaughter, Bree Barnes; and sister-in-law, Yevonne Speich (Tom).

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at New Castle United Methodist Church, 510 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Joan’s memory may be made to New Castle United Methodist Church at the address listed above.


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  • I am so sorry to hear of Joan’s passing. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. Having had the opportunity to be a friend, to know her and Harry as neighbors, and all the wonderful memories in the Swanwyck Garden Club. She will be deeply missed.

  • A life well-lived! We remember Joan with gratitude, as she organized the CROP Walks so well, for so many years! We are glad to have been among those who knew and appreciated her

  • Our love and prayers are with all of the Skilton family.
    We were blessed to have gotten to know Joan over the past 30+ years. She always had a kind word and we learned much about travel and life in general from her. Joan’s beautiful heart and smile will be greatly missed, but surely her loving spirit will always surround everyone she dearly loves.
    With heartfelt sympathy and love,
    Sue and Paul Wiesenberg and family

  • Dear Skilton Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I’m truly sorry about Mom Skilton’s passing. May her memory be eternal and may she rest in peace with the angels!
    Mom and Dad Skilton’s love, kindness, and hospitality have touched many lives around the world and will forever be remembered.
    The Gonzalez Family.
    Monterrey, Mexico / Westford, Massachusetts.

  • J – Joyful, lover of life
    O – Opimistic, always looking for the positive
    A – Amicable, a friend to anyone in need
    N – Nurterer, encouraging and supportive to family and friends alike
    Joan’s warm and caring demeanor was infectious and most welcome to us at Rosehill Plantery. We loved to see her smiling face when she strolled thru our door. A lover of beautiful flowers, she would visit us often, always happy, even in spite of occasional unexpected inconveniences. We will think of her often. While her physical visits are no more, we will ALWAYS remember her radiant smile and feel her love.
    Some people are Earth angels. That was Joan! I pray that your family, Joan, can take comfort in knowing that they are Blessed to have shared their lives with you. You are now home and at peace with the Lord, and Harry.
    An inspiration to me, spreading love and cheer wherever I go will be your legacy to me. Joan, pure love.
    Patti, Jimmy & Lori❤❤❤
    Please keep visiting us at the greenhouse!

  • Joan meant more to me than words can express.
    She was like the older sister I never had.
    We would spend hours, upon days , upon years, talking , sharing, enjoying outings and lunches, dinners dental appointments. Medical appointment, church functions etc.
    Thank you wonderful person for making my life better.
    I miss you dearly.
    May you rest in peace , Joan.

    Lots of love, Carol