R. Marie Skelton, 88, of Southbury, died Dec. 25, 2010, at Danbury Hospital from complications of pneumonia. She was predeceased by her husband, William Skelton Jr.

Mrs. Skelton was born Oct. 5, 1922, in Brockton, Mass., daughter of the late Fred and Ruth Blomgren.

She was a 48-year resident of Newtown until moving to Watermark in Southbury in 2002.

Primarily a homemaker until the early 1970s, she worked for Howland's as a shipping and receiving manager for more than 25 years.

Mrs. Skelton was a member of the Hawleyville Fire Company Woman's Auxiliary and the Newtown Congregational Church, where she volunteered at the Cornerstone Thrift Shop for many years.

She loved bowling and was involved in several leagues throughout her life.

Mrs. Skelton enjoyed traveling and loved Cape Cod, having spent many weeks there over the years.

Bingo with her daughter, Janet, and her trips to the casino with her grandson, Bryan, were two of her most special excursions.

She assisted the activities director at Watermark and loved helping with the activities. She also looked forward to her Scrabble group and her nightly Wii bowling games with her good friend, Ken.

Mrs. Skelton left a legacy of love and devotion to her children and grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Eileen, and her husband, John Moses, of New Milford and Port Charlotte, Fla., Jack Skelton, of West Palm Beach, Fla., Ron Skelton, of Newtown, Pam Link, of New Milford, and Janet, and her husband, Jerry Foley, of Port Charlotte, Fla.; seven grandchildren, Bryan, and his wife, Christine Davis, Kelly, and her husband, Skip Franzese, John, Jason and Jeff Skelton, April, and her husband, Vince Beauleau, and Alicia Foley; eight great-grandchildren, and Samantha Beauleau, Lexi, Taylor and Buddy Franzese, Trevor, Parker and Blake Davis and Jahred Skelton. She is also survived by a sister, Eleanor, and her husband, Robert Bassett, of Spring Hill, Fla.

Private funeral services will be held in the Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main St., Newtown.

Interment will be in Newtown Village Cemetery in the spring. There are no calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Danbury Animal Welfare Society (DAWS), P.O. Box 971, Danbury, CT 06810 or to the New Milford Animal Welfare, 8 Dodd Road, New Milford, CT 06776, or the charity of one's choice.