Irene Skimins

August 4, 2023

Irene Christina Skimins passed peacefully, surrounded by her family’s love on August 4, 2023. Irene was a strong woman of family and faith always putting others first. She was born on April 30, 1944 in Glasgow, Scotland to her loving parents John and Isa (Sarah Isabella) Wilson (Patterson).

She met her husband James through their local parish (North Kelvinside) and their almost 60 year love story began. Irene and Jim were connected from the beginning grounded in each other’s journey in faith. They lived in the west end of Glasgow (Maryhill) and in Johnstone. In 1982, they immigrated to the United States first settling in Carlisle, PA, then over 20 years in Plymouth, MI, and finally enjoying retirement in Williamsburg, VA.

She was an active member of the charitable organization P.E.O since 1984. In her faith journey she loved working with young people and she became an ordained Deacon within the PC USA.
Irene loved traveling and after immigrating she and Jim led tours back to the United Kingdom where her attention to detail, and strong negotiating tactics helped many others enjoy a beautiful vacation. She and Jim also had many years traveling the globe together, particularly enjoying their time in Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. She enjoyed Scottish country dancing and a wee “shoogle” from time to time. She made the best brown loaf and chips you’d ever taste. As years progressed you were always able to find her on her “big iPad” with a cup of tea by her side. Most of all time with her family was her fondest.

She is survived by her loving husband of 53 years James (Jim), her daughters Gillian Cross and Lesley Skimins, and her granddaughters Alyssa and Emma Cross.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be donated in Irene’s name to the P.E.O. Star Scholarship please enter BV/VA under the “chapter to receive credit”.

A Memorial service will be held in Williamsburg, VA at Bucktrout, 4124 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, VA 23188 on Monday, August 14, 2023 at 11:00 AM, a reception will be held immediately after the service. The service can be live streamed at In addition, the family will be holding a memorial service at First Presbyterian Church, Plymouth MI in September.

Memorial Service

Monday, August 14, 2023
11:00 AM

Bucktrout Funeral Home - Directions
4124 Ironbound Road
Williamsburg, VA 23188

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  • August 15, 2023
    Kathy and Jim Bernard says:
    Dear Jim and family, We are so heartbroken to hear of your great loss of Irene. She was a delightful friend and a joy to know. We know that heaven has gained a wonderful spirit in her. We will look forward to seeing you in September and will be lifting you all in prayer during this difficult time.

  • August 13, 2023
    Bonnie Myhrum says:
    While I knew Irene in Plymouth I enjoyed her cheery nature, sense of humor, and good advice, and loved listening to her Glaswegian lilt. She was a wonderful person, and I know you all will miss her intensely. I send much love and wish God's blessings for you

  • August 09, 2023
    Margaret Mastbrook says:
    Members of P.E.O. Chapter BV in Williamsburg, VA will certainly miss Irene. She so demonstrated the love and concern of her sisters in this chapter since she transferred to us in 2020. Irene was dear, sweet and so kind to us...ever the gracious lady and a privilege and joy to know. We miss her bright smile and face. And such a dedicated officer in our chapter. Praying for peace and comfort for Jim and the family. Though we walk through the valley of death, the Lord Jesus is walking with us to give us His peace.... to be "absent from the body, is to be present and totally healed with the Lord." We look forward to reunion in Heaven!

  • August 07, 2023
    Barbara Bullotta says:
    Prayers are flowing from Plymouth, MI to the Skimins Family with memories of kind and gracious, Irene, whose life will be fondly remembered by her friends and church family in Plymouth.