Mae Skoby, 85 of Burnham, passed away March 21, 2013, at Inland Hospital in Waterville after a brief illness.

Mae was born in 1927 in Hanover, N.H. She graduated from Hanover High School in 1944. She attended Boston University and studied art. She married the love of her life, Sgt. Nicholas Skoby USAF, in 1946. They lived in Portsmouth, N.H. from 1946 to 1950 while Nick attended the University of New Hampshire. There, they started a family and their two sons Nicholas Jr. and Kenneth were born. When Nicholas Sr. was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, they were relocated to Fort Walton, Fla. where he was stationed for 1.5 years. In 1952, they returned to Claremont, N.H., where daughters Nancy and Karol were born. They relocated to Essex, Mass. and were blessed with two more daughters, Mary and Jan. In 1970 they moved to Manchester, N.H. where they enjoyed life as their children grew and started their own lives.

Mae and Nick bought a cottage in Burnham in 1986 on Lake Winnecook. There they spent many wonderful times with their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and neighbors. Mae enjoyed sunrises, the sound of the loons, boating, barbecues, roasting marshmallows over the outdoor fireplace, family meals, and playing indoor/outdoor games. When Mae and Nick moved to Burnham in 2008, a community welcomed them. Meals, fresh berries, farm fresh vegetables, tea time, storytelling, joking, fishing, boating, and visiting were all times enjoyed with neighbors.

As a young mother, Mae was involved in church activities as a Sunday School teacher and in her community as a Cub Scout den mother. As the family grew, one would often find Mae seated at the piano, leading the family in song; cooking in her kitchen with her children; sewing an outfit for one of her daughter's first days of school; knitting a baby set; kissing away tears; driving to music or dance lessons; or reading a children's bedtime story . She loved classical music, bridge, camping and dancing. Her life was dedicated to her family, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mae is predeceased by her parents and son, Nicholas M. Skoby Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Nicholas Skoby Sr. of Burnham; her son Kenneth Skoby, wife Patricia and son Aaron of Henniker, N.H. ; her son Nicholas Skoby Jr.'s children, Clarke Skoby, wife Candice, and their children, Karolyn and Clarke Jr. of Katy, Texas and Nichole Skoby Urbankowicz, husband Richard, and their daughter Sophia of Haverhill, Mass. ; her daughter, Nancy Skoby Tkachuk, husband David of Burnham, and children Scott Tkachuk and fiancé Jacqueline Dubois of Derry N.H., and Stephen Tkachuk, wife Sara and son Hunter of Rowley, Mass. ; her daughter, Karol Skoby, son Nicholas Skoby III and grandson, Tallon Young of Rockport; her daughter, Mary Skoby Cowan and son Austin Skoby Cowan of Hopkinton, N.H.; her daughter, Jan Skoby and son Amir Barakat II, of Pembroke, N.H.; her sisters- in-law, Mary Skoby and Lorraine Skoby of Claremont, N.H.; along with several nieces and nephews.

When Mae was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease it took its toll on her independence. As her health declined, she was able to stay at home due to a program offered by the Elder Independence of Maine, elderindependence.org. At home, Mae's daily needs were provided by her "angels" the caregivers.

Mae will be buried at Mountain View Cemetery following a church service at St. Joseph's Church, in Claremont, N.H.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Camp CaPella, a lakefront summer camp that provides camping experiences for people with disabilities, campcapella.org, or the National Parkinson's Foundation at parkinson.org.