Helping Families and Friends Honor Their Loved One

Shelah Fern Skillern, age 73

Shelah Fern Skillern, age 73, of Alexander formerly of Lonoke, Arkansas passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2020 at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock.  She was born in Poplar Bluff, Missouri on March 1, 1947 to the late Rev. Luther Clifford Hopper and Minnie Marie Goldschmidt-Hopper.

Shelah leaves behind to cherish her memories her two children; Jared Skillern of Lonoke and Jennifer Elmore and her fiancé Patrick Johnson of Alexander, two grandsons; Mitchell Elmore and David Johnson.

Shelah was a very loving Mother, Grandmother and friend to many.  She was a Baptist by faith and attended Mountain View Missionary Baptist in Benton.   Shelah spent many hours sewing and making all kinds of things to donate to the Women’s shelters, Boys and Girls Clubs and many other non-profits.  She had a true servant’s heart and will be missed by all that knew her.

Graveside services will be held at 3 P.M. on Friday, October 16, 2020 at Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery 1590 US-70 in Lonoke Arkansas, 72086. A time of visitation will be held 1- hour prior to the service at the cemetery.

In light of the current health concerns, Shelah’s family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers if you are not able to attend the service. Please be aware, as per Arkansas directives, all guests over age 10 must wear a face covering to attend and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

Services are under the direction of A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400.


  • Belinda Strate Posted October 14, 2020 7:23 PM

    Jennifer and family ; I’m so very sorry for your loss. Prayers during this difficult time.

  • Roy and Rosalee Thurman Posted October 14, 2020 7:43 PM

    We’re sooo sorry for your loss. We loved Shelah. She was a wonderful friend. She was such a giving person.

  • Christy Alderman Roark Posted October 14, 2020 8:08 PM

    I’m so sorry for your loss of your mom! I pray for peace and comfort during this difficult time!!

  • Linda Hoffmann Wagener Posted October 14, 2020 8:32 PM

    So sorry to hear of your moms passing. She sure had a rough time lately and now she is pain free. Al and I will be praying for Sheliah’s family

  • Renee Hartaway Posted October 14, 2020 8:57 PM

    Jennifer and Jared, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. She was a great person and co-worker. May God be with you all during this difficult time.

  • Darrin and Lori Purifoy Posted October 14, 2020 9:13 PM

    We are so sorry for your loss. Praying for the family during this difficult time.

  • Ricky and Debbie Atkins Posted October 14, 2020 9:53 PM

    Rick and I we so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. May God comfort you during this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Judy Douglas Posted October 14, 2020 10:18 PM

    Jennifer and Jared, I am so sorry for your loss. Sheila was a wonderful woman and a sweet friend. My prayers are with y’all.

  • Marilyn Thurman Lee Posted October 14, 2020 10:28 PM

    Our family loved Shelia and her parents, Bro and Sis Hopper. They were our neighbors when I was born and Shelia told the story that when I was very young she was holding me when a wasp or bee got after her…she threw me out in the yard and ran. Many precious memories are entwined with Shelia and her family. Our love and prayers go out to her family and we praise God for loving and saving us so we can look forward to a sweet reunion day!

  • Nina Snyder Posted October 14, 2020 10:33 PM

    Jared, I am so sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Dena Hart Seratt Posted October 14, 2020 10:37 PM

    I am so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. I sure thought the world of her.

  • Diane & Dennis Smith Posted October 14, 2020 11:10 PM

    Jennifer, We are sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. We love y’all and wish we could be there. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Sandra “Sam” Jackson (Whittenburg) Posted October 15, 2020 2:17 PM

    Jared & Jennifer, I am so sorry to hear about your mom. You guys were like a second family to me growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys. Love always.

  • Harold ABRAMS Posted October 16, 2020 11:39 AM

    Sincere condolences to friends and family. God Bless.

  • Deneen Knowlton Posted October 17, 2020 10:33 PM

    Jared and Jennifer…so very sorry to hear about your mom. I loved working with her. She was a great lady! Praying for peace for you all.

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