Dorothy V. Skeens

December 15, 1933 ‒ June 09, 2018

Sunbury, Ohio

Dorothy V. Skeens, age 84, died peacefully on Saturday, June 9, 2018.  Graduate of Johnstown High School, Class of 1951. Longtime resident of Sunbury where she worked and retired from National City Bank.  Longtime member of the Eastern Star and a Buckeye Fan.  Preceded in death by parents, James and Louise Priest; many brothers and sisters and their spouses.  Survived by children, Debra (Larry) Layton; Scott (Debbie) Skeens, Rob (Dawn) Skeens; grandchildren, Angela (Josh) Buxton, Amber (Ron) Stein, Amy (Jeff) Whittington,  Zachary Skeens and Madeleine Skeens; great-grandchildren, Samantha, Victoria and Wyatt Buxton, Lindsey and James Stein, Elise, Elijah and Adelyn Whittington; sisters; Janice Palmer and Esther (Jim) Dixon; sisters-in-law, Irene and Maida Priest; many nieces and nephews and treasured friends from Karl Village.  Memorial Service 12 noon, Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Sunbury United Methodist Church, 100 E. Cherry Street, Sunbury.  Friends may call from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service. Contributions in Dorothy’s memory may be made to: Ohio Buckeye MS Chapter, 6155 Rockside Road,
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DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve Dorothy’s  family.  Special memories and condolences can be shared with them at

  • Dear Debbie, and all your family,
    We are saddened by the loss of your mom, Dorothy. My first remembrance of her was at the Priest reunions as a young child. It seems I remember she was always laughing and cheerful.
    We know you all are sad and trying to make some sense of all of this for your adorable children/grandchildren. Hard days. But we are praying for the strength and peace that goes beyond understanding for you as you pick up and go on.
    At times like these words are not necessary but prayers, love, and support ARE.
    May God bless you during this time.
    Hugs & Prayers,
    Sandy & Dean Stickney

  • Dear Dorothy,
    So glad you were my sister for eighty-two years
    But now all I have is sadness and tears
    We shared many phone calls and some real good times
    Like the time we spent money, but for a few dimes
    Going to restaurants, movies and such
    Things I knew you loved so much
    And now all I have are the memories of times shared
    And hope that you know how much that I cared.
    Rest in peace. My prayers are with your family.
    Until we meet again. I will always love you.

  • My thoughts are with the entire family during this difficult time filled with grief and loss.
    Dorothy was fun to talk with; she always has a great story!
    Christene Bain

  • What a lovely lady. We send our sympathy for your loss. May your memories give you peace.

  • It seems that it is unending losing the ones we love. Our life with Dorothy was special full of surprises what with her sense of humor. She was always naive and that made it fun. I am so happy that we were able to spend time with her while she waited for the Lords timing. Not ever whining that it was unfair her suffering. She often wondered why such a long time and I assured her she was showing me patience. She was a special person and I will miss our times together.

  • RIP Aunt Dorothy, we will miss your smiling face, but the memories of you will never fade. May God hold you in his Heart for ever now. All that have gone before are remembered of the Priest Family. Prayers for all.

  • We are very sorry and saddened for your loss. Aunt Dorothy always had a smile on her face and treated us just as if we were her own kids not a nephew and his teenage girlfriend (in 1977). I remember back in the summer of 1982 when she hosted a surprise baby shower for us. She was a wonderful lady with a beautiful smile.