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Barbara Jo (Sova) Thomas Beverly Ann (Sova) Skripsky

October 27, 2017
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Two former Toledo residents, twin sisters were killed Sunday October 22nd in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico while walking on the beach. Barbara Jo (Sova) Thomas of McKinney, TX and Beverly Ann (Sova) Skripsky of Scottsdale, AZ, both 67, were hit by a rogue wave that carried them out to sea. They both drowned.

A joint Celebration of Life is scheduled for both sisters on Saturday November 18, 2017 in Plano, TX. Services are planned at 10:30 AM at Christ United Methodist Church, 3101 Coit Road, Plano, TX followed by a lunch at Glen Eagles Country Club, 5401 West Park Blvd, Plano, TX.

Barbara and Beverly were devoted wives, mothers, and grandmothers. Barbara was currently retired but worked in the assisted living field caring for elderly citizens. Beverly was currently retired but had a career as a travel agent.

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Barbara Jo (Sova) Thomas Beverly Ann (Sova) Skripsky

Barbara and Beverly were born in Eldora, IA on July 29th, 1950 as twin sisters, to Rudolph and Elsie Sova. Barbara and Beverly attended school in the Tama-Toledo area and graduated from Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, IA in 1968. Barbara graduated from the University of Iowa in 1972. Beverly attended Iowa State University and graduated from Northeast Missouri State University in 1974.

Beverly married Harold Skripsky on December 27, 1970 in Cedar Rapids, IA, as Harold was in the armed services and was stationed in Ft. Bragg, NC. She resided in marriage with Harold in Naperville, IL; Telluride, CO; and Scottsdale, AZ. To this union two (2) children were born, Kelly Skripsky and Matthew Skripsky. They were fortunate to have 47 years of marriage together.

Barbara married Steve Thomas on July 8, 1972 in Cedar Rapids, IA. They resided in marriage in Des Moines, IA; Shawnee, KS; Plano, TX; and McKinney, TX. To this union one (1) child was born, Todd Thomas. They were fortunate to have 45 years of marriage together.

Barbara and Beverly were preceded in death by their parents Rudolph and Elsie Sova. They are both survived by their brothers Tom Sova, Baton Rouge, LA. and Richard Sova, Chicago, IL.

Surviving Beverly are her husband Harold Skripsky, Scottsdale, AZ; 2 children Kelly (Brandon) Hurter, Scottsdale, AZ, Matthew (Keli) Skripsky Mattoon, IL and 4 grandchildren Lincoln Hurter, Oscar Hurter, Elsie Hurter, Ace Skripsky.

Surviving Barbara are her husband Steve Thomas, McKinney, TX; one son - Todd (Jamille) Thomas, Prosper, TX, and one granddaughter Tiffany Thomas.

Lifelong best friends, the twin sisters were inseparable as they planned family get togethers and joint vacations throughout their lives. They will both be truly missed by all who knew their friendly smiles, warm personalities, and kind unwavering spirit\ to help anyone in need.



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