Jewel “Judy” Lee (Honeycutt) Skeen

On Wednesday, June 28, 1933, Judy Honeycutt was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, to J.W. “Will” Honeycutt, Sr. and Thelma Leo (Trimble) Honeycutt. On Monday, November 3, 2008, at Texas County Memorial Hospital in Houston, Missouri, Judy went to be with her Lord following years of pain and continued physical limitations.

Judy was preceded in death by her mother, father, and a sister, Betty Jo Honeycutt.

She is survived by three daughters, Susan Dawn Skeen, Laura Ann Mosca and husband Phil, and Stacy Jo Matherly and husband Steven, all of Cabool, Missouri; grandchildren Samantha Ann (Mosca) Donnalley and husband Gordon of Cabool, Caitlin (Mosca) Lee and husband Chad of Swansea, Illinois, and Skylar Mosca, Jillian Matherly and Wil Matherly of Cabool; great-granddaughter Madison Donnalley of Cabool; and her brother, J.W. “Bill” Honeycutt, Jr. and wife Pat and their children and grandchildren, all of Cabool.

In June of 1933, Thelma Honeycutt traveled to Oklahoma for medical assistance during Judy’s birth. They quickly returned to their family in Cabool where she grew up. Judy gave her life to Christ in June of 1944 and was baptized at First Baptist Church in Cabool.

Judy remembered and spoke of the fun she had riding the train alone to Thayer, Missouri, to visit the Trimble and Honeycutt families, growing up in and around Honeycutt Chevrolet and the endless hours she spent with her girlfriends throughout high school and college.

She graduated from Cabool High School in 1951, then attended Drury College in Springfield until she married Don Skeen one semester shy of receiving her degree in business administration. To this union, three daughters were born. Following their separation, Judy and the girls returned to Cabool in 1971 where she joined the family at Honeycutt Chevrolet. As time progressed and the businesses changed, her natural ability with numbers and problem solving earned her the respect of many from Honeycutt Chevrolet to Cabool Lease.

Judy worked hard to make a great life for her girls yet she enjoyed many different talents in her spare time. Judy enjoyed spending hours with her grandchildren as well as reading, playing cards (especially bridge), and working with her flowers in the spring. She made the best cobblers and enjoyed surprising people with a cobbler or other dessert on their birthday. She had a natural ability to cook for large numbers of people. Whether it be 75 deer hunters or burying an entire pig and making hundreds of meals at the first few Cabool Farm Festivals, it was always a treat when Judy was cooking.

Judy’s personal mission statement was “You can do anything you set your mind to do!” She was a strong and independent woman from which many developed a powerful sense of integrity and found peace in her knowledgeable words. She will be missed but family and friends know she’s walking on streets of gold enjoying the sights of Glory. She will forever remain in their hearts.

Memorial celebration services were Friday, November 7, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. in First Baptist Church of Cabool under the direction of Evans Funeral Home, Houston. Rev. Robin McGonigle officiated.

Memorials may be made to Missouri Baptist Children’s Home, St. Louis, Missouri, or The Animal Shelter of Texas County, Houston, Missouri.

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