In Memory

Susan Page Skinner (Thomas) VIEW PROFILE

Susan Skinner Thomas went home to be with the Lord on October 7, 2015. She is preceded in death by her mother, Violet Walters Skinner. Susan is survived by her husband, Lanny Samuel Thomas, her two children, Page Skinner Thomas and Brightman Samuel Thomas, and her father, Charles Brightman Skinner. She is also survived by three siblings: Charles Brightman Skinner, Jr. (Randie) of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; Patty Skinner Campbell (Doug) of Highlands, NC; and Randall Thomas Skinner (Tracy) of Jacksonville, Florida. Born on April 15, 1952, in Jacksonville, Florida, Susan was a true southern lady and a Florida Farm Girl. She graduated from Wolfson High School (1970) before receiving her B.A. in Psychology from Agnes Scott College (1974) and her Master's Degree in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology (1980). Susan married the love of her life, Lanny, on June 13th, 1975. After moving to Rome, Georgia, she continued to practice architecture and served in many capacities at First Presbyterian Church and Darlington School. Due to her passion for historic preservation, Susan spent many years restoring Greystone, her home and former residence of First Lady Ellen Louise Axson Wilson. She also served on the Rome Historic Preservation Commission, the Downtown Development Authority, and as the architect for the restoration of Chieftains Museum. Susan contributed much to the preservation and enhancement of the urban fabric of Rome. She collaborated on the design of the Urban Foyer on E. 3rd Ave., the City Auditorium plaza, and the new pedestrian bridge. Her deep appreciation for sense of place and landscape led her to become a Certified Arborist and serve on the Rome Tree Board. Susan's professional pursuits reflect her intense love for people and the community that they shared. Above all things, she saw every encounter as an opportunity to develop friendships and lift others up. Her love for people and culture also led her on adventures around the world, her husband and children in tow. Susan was a lifelong learner, with particular interest in history, music, art, literature, and design. She also enjoyed the outdoors and could often be found hunting in the woods, climbing trees, bush-hogging on her John Deere tractor, or driving down the fairways of her favorite golf courses. Susan will be remembered for her infectious energy, integrity, loyalty and joie de vivre. Her character and spirit demonstrated an unwavering faith in God and love for family. This legacy of strength, service and love endures in the lives of all she touched. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, October 14th at the First Presbyterian Church, 101 E. 3rd. Ave., Rome, Georgia 30161.

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10/17/15 01:31 PM #1    

Lawrence Archibald [Larry] Scafuti

RIP, Susan. You were a wonderful friend and classmate. May your soul, and the souls of all the faithfully departed, rest in peace. My deepest sympathy to her family, friends, and relatives.

10/23/15 09:04 AM #2    

Freida Carol Platt (McMillan)

So very sorry to hear of Susan's passing.  Along with her brother Chip, I recall them all both though our school years being in so many classes together even though we weren't intimate friends I did observe the gracious way she always presented herself and the smile Chip always had on his face.  I pray for her family to find comfort in their memories of her for their grieving hearts in the days ahead and hold them in their hearts forever.

God Bless.

10/31/15 05:38 PM #3    

Christopher Jan [Chris] Anderson

There is something that goes beyond the superficial in a life of faith.

I am encouraged with Susan's life and faith testimony given here. As I live out my life of faith-- my creator is concerned about us and actively involved in our lives.  And these lives have a positive impact on those around us.  That is evident Susan's accomplishments.

We are definitely kindred spirits in our love of trees, stewardship of our natural environment and our faith.

Rome, Wolfson, our Heavenly Father and her family have all been blessed and honored by Susan's life.


11/01/15 08:08 AM #4    

David Troxler

Susan and I went all the way back to kindergarten. She was always positive and friendly to all. All of the Skinner family have lost a very dear one.  Chris, your comments say it best.

11/01/15 11:51 AM #5    

George Samuel Lipp

Very sad news to lose another of our class way too early. I hate it when the good die young.

12/22/15 01:02 AM #6    

Howard Herman Schmerin

I am very sad to hear this news.  Susan was a very nice, unassuming and engaging person whom I will miss.  I remember going over to the Skinner house on Prom night (after the Prom) and enjoying her hospitality. One of my best memories of Susan was when she and I went to the Florida vs. Duke game.  Her family had much better seats, but she elected to go with me and sit in the lesser student seats. She was easy to be around and one of the most friendly and enjoyable people to know.

I hope that her family will take solace in the fact that she was truly a good person.  Although separated by years and distance I will always remember her fondly.   Howard Schmerin

12/22/15 03:31 PM #7    

Gwendolyn Elouise [Gwen] Butler

What a Legacy!



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