Maude Skanes

June 23, 1933 to April 27, 2019


It is with great sadness that the family of Maude Skanes (nee Hollett) announces her passing after a brief illness on Saturday, April 27th, 2019 at the Health Sciences Centre, at the age of 85.

Predeceased by her loving son Gerald Thomas Skanes, parents Thomas and Bridget Hollett, three brothers Maurice, William (Sabina) and Philip Hollett, two sisters, Emma (Scott) Follett and Edith May (Levi) Legge, son-in-law Stephen O’Driscoll and brothers-in-law Gordon Skanes and Abe Smith.

Maude will be lovingly remembered by her husband Gerald, her two daughters Donna O’Driscoll and Beverley Leloche-Skanes (Cheikh), and daughter-in-law Kimberley Spurrell Skanes.

Leaving to mourn with fond and loving memories, her grandchildren, Lynda and Jennifer Leloche, Michael, Christopher and Katie Skanes, Jason and Ryan O’Driscoll, and Victoria and Michael Mackey; Five great grandchildren, Julien and Kieran, Paige, Kenzie and Juliette; three sisters Bess Smith, Helen-Jane (Junior) House and Gwen (Eli) Pardy; Brother-in-law, Graham (Verna) Skanes, sisters-in-law, Grace, Lillian (Maurice) Hollett and Lily (Philip) Hollett; Special friends, Judy and Al, Joan and Wilf, Millie and Bob, John and Peg, Mary Mills and Rick Miller; A large circle of nieces, nephews and friends.

Maude loved gardening, going for walks, having picnics on the beach and watching the sun set or having a good game of crazy eights with her grandchildren.

Most of all she loved her family and close friends. She loved them dearly and lit up every time she saw them. For all her quiet caring that spoke volumes from her heart, for all the special things she’s done, for all the years of being the very best kind of wife, mom, nanny, sister and friend, these thoughts of her are where loving memories now come flowing from.

The family would like to thank the staff of the stroke unit of the Health Sciences Centre as well as Lynn Miller for the devoted care that was provided during Maude’s hospitalization. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held at Carnell’s Funeral Home, Freshwater Road, St. John’s, Monday, April 29th from 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday, April 30th from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will take place on Wednesday, May 1st at 11 a.m. from the Carnell Memorial Chapel. Interment to follow at Forest Road Anglican Cemetery.

As an expression of sympathy, flowers are gratefully accepted or donations in her name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.



7-9 p.m. on April 29, 2019

2-4 p.m. on April 30, 2019

7-9 p.m. on April 30, 2019

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Wednesday May 1st

The Carnell Memorial Chapel
329 Freshwater Road
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Interment to follow at Forest Road Anglican Cemetery.


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Hello Donna,

Sorry to hear about your mom’s passing. My sincere sympathy to you and your family. With thoughts and prayers.


Gerry; We were so very sorry to hear of Maude’s illness, and then, her passing. It makes us smile to think back to years ago and the many memories of you and Maude, Wilf and Joan, and us. Those years are gone, but never forgotten. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Rest In Peace, Maude.

To the Skanes Family;
Please accept our deepest condolence on the passing of a wonderful lady. Your many wonderful memories will always keep her close.

Sincères condoléances à toute la famille.

Bev, so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. My deepest condolences to you and your family..

Donna. We are so sorry to hear about your mother’s passing. I hope that you can take the time to both celebrate her life and to mourn your loss. Sending hugs.
Sheri and Sheila

Gerry, our sincere sympathy to you, Donna, Beverly and the families-such a sad loss. Maude was a most welcoming, thoughtful person and has left us all with fond memories of her. She will be sorely missed. God Bless her and may she rest in peace.
John and Peg Marshall

Dear Skanes family
I hope that happy times together and beautiful memories bring you comfort and even joy as you celebrate the life of your wife, mom, grandma and great grandma..
May you always know her love for you.
Love, Beverley Ares (Nancy’s sister)

Sorry to here of your mothers passingi am sure she will be missed god bless jessie hollett cousin of maude

Donna, sending you my love across the miles to St. John’s and area at this sad time. Thinking about you and your beautiful family. You are in my prayers.

Bev, so sorry to hear about your Mom’s passing. My condolences to you and your family at this difficult time.