JOANNE MARIE HENRIKSEN SKIMAS
November 19, 1937 ~ June 1, 2018
" JoAnne was truly a giving person,
putting others before herself."
JoAnne "CoCo" Marie Skimas passed away at home in Vancouver, WA on June 1st, 2018. She was born in Portland, OR to George and Mary Ellen Henriksen on Nov. 19, 1937, the oldest of four children: George, Nan and John. JoAnne was raised in Camas, WA where she graduated from high school as a Class Speaker. She was active in many school activities and played in the band. During summers, she was a life guard at the Camas pool.
JoAnne attended the University of Washington where she was a member of the swim team. She graduated with a degree in Pharmacy, returning to Camas to work for her father at Savon Drug.
In 1958, she competed in the Miss Washington pageant as Miss Clark County. Later that year, she met John Skimas and they were married the following year, moving to Vancouver, WA.
JoAnne volunteered and was involved in several civic and social activities. She was a devout Christian and twice was president of the Vancouver Women's Christian Club. In 1969, she was president of the Clark County Bar Auxiliary. She enjoyed an active lifestyle with her family in Little League, youth soccer, snow and water skiing, going to football games and traveling extensively, including several trips to Florida for baseball spring training and to Disneyworld.
After her children were grown, she and John acquired a place near Laguna Beach, CA where they would spend time enjoying the more moderate climate.
Her main interest was enjoying her family and encouraged her children and grandchildren to use their God given talent to be all they could be. Among her final words were "Take care of the kids.".
JoAnne is survived by her husband, John; her children, Kathryn and J. Nick; and four grandchildren, Nicolaos, Jacob, Sophia and Julia.
A funeral service will be held on June 6th at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3131 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR.
No remembrances are requested.
Services handled by Hamilton-Mylan Funeral Home.
Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits