Louise Marie Sckinto Jones, beloved wife, mother and grandmother, of Green Springs, passed away peacefully on June 27, 2019. In her 86 years of life – 18 of which she battled breast cancer with an amazingly positive attitude – she believed that she was still here because God had a plan for her.
Louise was born in Richmond on April 2, 1933, the third of four children in the lively Italian household of Fannie (Gallucci) and Sam Sckinto.
She was married to her devoted husband, Charles F. Jones Jr., for 63 years, until his death in 2014. She was also preceded in death by her brother, John Anthony Sckinto, of Richmond; and sister, Lee Sckinto Faglie, of Richmond.
Louise is survived by her daughter, Mary Scott Fisher and her husband, David, of Green Springs; son, Steven Craig Jones and his wife, Bridget, of Culpeper; grandchildren, Laura Ashley Fisher, David Randall “Randy” Fisher and Shelby Lynne Jones; sister-in-law, Brenda B. Puryear, of Glen Allen; brothers-in-law, H. Franklin Bahen (Beverley), of Lakeside, Virginia, and Joseph A. Bahen (Tricia), of Glen Allen; and brother, Walter H. Morrison, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
Louise graduated from Glen Allen High School and married her high school sweetheart, Charles. They lived in Portsmouth during the time he was in the Marines. They also lived in Courtney Farms in Glen Allen, and then in Bon Air, before they escaped the city life in favor of the country and moved to Holly Grove in eastern Louisa County in 1968. This is where she learned many lessons about how a city girl becomes a country girl. She appreciated all the friendly guidance she received from their many wonderful neighbors in the Holly Grove community.
In 1972, they purchased Meadowood Farm in Pendleton, where they lived for 17 years and pursued their dream of farming while raising a family. Her passions included reading, sewing, hand crafts, tending her flowers and yard, do-it-yourself projects on her house, birdwatching and the color red. She and Charles derived the most enjoyment from reminiscing, sharing time and laughter with friends and family, especially their children and grandchildren. They were able to fulfill their lifelong dream of vacationing in Hawaii for their 50th wedding anniversary.
Louise and Charles were longtime supporters of the Louisa County Agricultural Fair. For many years, they designed and put together the welcome display near the main entrance to the fairgrounds.
Louise thoroughly enjoyed being a homemaker and mother, and was thrilled to be a grandmother. She was well known for forming friendships by finding common ground with anyone who crossed her path. She had a gift for making everyone she connected with feel special.
Among her favorite activities later in life, Louise enjoyed getting in her social time by meeting new friends while working as a receptionist at Weight Watchers.
A memorial service, followed by a gathering of family and friends, to celebrate Louise’s life will be held on July 20 at 11 a.m. at Gordonsville United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, or your favorite charity.