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.