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Skelton Dedicates Garden to Late Wife

September 18th, 2007 by mopns · No Comments

Jeff Lautenberger/Staff Photographer

MU alumni Shirley Hessing and Elizabeth Moore unveil a memorial plaque marking the Susan Anding Skelton Memorial Garden as Larry McMullen and U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., look on.

By Ettie Berneking

MU played host to U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton, D-Mo., and friends of his wife, Susan Skelton, to dedicate a memorial garden to honor “The Governor,” as she was known to her friends.

Mrs. Skelton graduated from MU in 1958 with an education degree. Mrs. Skelton was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and a born leader, sorority alumna Nancy Maupin said.

“She was a pledge trainer,” Maupin said. “She had a real presence about her. That’s how she got her nickname, ‘The Governor.’”

Mrs. Skelton, who died in 2005, was honored Friday with the unveiling of the Susan Anding Skelton Memorial Garden.

According to an MU news release, the idea of a garden was conceived by MU alumni Larry and Marilyn McMullen. They organized a campaign that raised $30,000 for the garden from 63 donors. Read more…

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