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Sarah Jane Skinner

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Sarah Jane Skinner, 57, of Durham, passed away Jan. 7, 2020.

Sarah was born in Miami, Florida on July 2, 1962 to John L. and Jean M. Skinner.

Her parents and siblings (Lynn, Jean, Mary and John) moved to Wake Forest in 1968.

After graduating from Wake Forest High School in 1981, she attended Mitchell’s Academy in Raleigh and pursued a career in cosmetology. Her cosmetology talents/skills were often volunteered to friends, the elderly and residents of Hillhaven Nursing home in Wake Forest. After years as a successful cosmetologist, she felt the need to pursue another calling and graduated from Wake Tech with her RN degree.

Sarah worked many years at Duke Hospital in Durham as both an ER and OR nurse.

She had gifted nursing skills with young children and was often called to calm them down or to start IVs on tiny veins.

Unfortunately, her beloved career ended after a motor vehicle accident in 2010.

Sarah passed away peacefully attended by her loving partner of 10 years, Tim Riggs.

She is missed, loved and remembered by all who knew her but especially by Tim Riggs, her three sisters; Lynn Skinner, Jean Skinner and Mary Fresneda, her brother John Skinner, her “fifth Skinner sister” Ann Branaman and her two dogs and two cats.

At Sarah’s request, she was cremated and there will be no service.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to an animal shelter of your choice.