Della Mae Skipper, 84, dedicated missionary throughout her life

Della Mae Skipper
Della Mae Skipper

Della Mae Skipper, 84, affectionately known as “Maw-Maw,” who was the daughter of the late Trigg and Hannah V. Preston, was born March 11, 1935, in Glade Springs. Della departed this life Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

Della received her high school education in the Bristol School System. She also attended Tidewater Bible College, Virginia Union University, Shaw University, and Radford University, where she received a degree in childhood development.

Della was a faithful and dedicated missionary throughout her life. She loved being the hands and feet of Jesus Christ. Her love and compassion exemplified what it meant to be a true servant of the Lord. She was a devout prayer warrior, “She opened her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.” She was the epitome of the virtuous woman. Her Godly character helped shape and mold many younger women in the church. She served her present loving and supportive pastor of the New Jerusalem Ministries, the Rev. Veronica Coleman and past church, Pleasant Grove Baptist church with love, loyalty and dedication. She was a faithful member of the Tidewater Baptist Woman’s Missionary and Educational Convention, where she served the convention for over 25 years and served as executive secretary under former president, Gladys Wynn, and worked on other various committees with the Convention as well as The Baptist General Convention of Virginia. She was the past president of the Missionary Circle at the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church for eight years under the pastorate of the late Bishop Darryl W. Scott.

Della married the love of her life, Robert L. Skipper Sr., and to this union four children were born.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Skipper Sr.; son, Robert L. Skipper Jr.; three sisters, Elsie Gray Preston, Margaret Ann Davis and Jeanette Preston; and one brother, Jack Preston.

She leaves to love and cherish her memory, three children, Trigg R. Skipper (Nancy) of Hallandale Beach, Florida, Ozawa Skipper-Coleman (Ron) of Chesapeake and Jonathan Skipper of Virginia Beach; two brothers, Daniel Preston and Monroe Preston of Glade Springs, West Virginia; one foster sister, Rachel Arend of New York, New York; two daughters-in-law, Mrs. Sandi Skipper and Mrs. Barbra Ervin-Skipper; grandchildren, Jessica Skipper-Manns, Lamar A. Skipper, Kayla T. Skipper, Robert L. Skipper Jr., Marcus A. Skipper, Chantel L. Skipper, Joseph A. Skipper, Daryl E. Beamer Jr., James C. Gregory Jr., Byron N. Ervin and Christopher J. Skipper; 16 great-grandchildren; special friends, Mary Smith, Robin Joseph, Lucille Fuller; and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, March 22, at Beach Funeral & Cremation Services, 4456 Bonney Road, Virginia Beach. A homegoing celebration will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 23, at
Beach Funeral & Cremation Services, 4456 Bonney Road, Virginia Beach. Interment will be held at a later date in Albert G. Horton Veteran Cemetery.

Share online condolences with the family at Beach Funeral Services.

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