Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, December 09, 1999
OBITUARY - MARY "JEAN" (BRECKENRIDGE) SKARDA
Mary Jean BRECKENRIDGE, youngest daughter of William and Lola (ROUSH) BRECKENRIDGE, was born August 18, 1923 in Tingley,
Iowa and passed away in the Ringgold County Hospital, Mount Ayr, Iowa, on November 30, 1999.
Jean graduated from the Tingley high school in 1940 and attended Iowa State Teacher College. She lived most of her life
around Tingley except for a time during the war years.
She married Harry SKARDA on February 12, 1948, and moved to a farm in Union county, Iowa. Later they moved to a farm east
of Tingley where they resided at the time of her death.
She was an accomplished seamstress making many clothes for herself and relatives, including a wedding dress for her
nephew's bride. Her Avon sales kept her busy for many years. She also enjoyed memberships in the T club and the American
Immediate survivors include her husband Harry SKARDA; one sister Lois JENSEN and her husband John of Davenport, Iowa; one
brother Dean R. BRECKENRIDGE and wife Kay of Creston, Iowa; a sister-in-law Minnie BRECKENRIDGE of Tingley; and a number
of nieces, nephews and their children.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, William and Lola BRECKENRIDGE; one sister Reba ERICKSON and her husband
Kenneth, Sr.; and one brother Billy.
Services were held at the United Methodist Church in Tingley on Thursday, December 2, 1999 with Reverend Jeff FLAGG and
Reverend Eydie STEPHENS officiating. Musicians were Ginny EIGHMY, Alan IBBOTSON and John ALLEN. Casketbearers were Kenneth
ERICKSON, Jr., Mike BRECKENRIDGE, Andrew JENSEN, John SKARDA, Gary SKARDA and Bryan MILLER.
Interment was in the Tingley Cemetery, Tingley. Wilson-Watson & Armstrong Funeral Home of Mount Ayr was in charge of the
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, June of 2010
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