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Mary Louise (Tate) Skouby, age 78, the eldest daughter of Noah Tate and Thelma (Stewart) Lay was born February 16, 1936 in Bado, Missouri. She passed away April 15, 2014 at Manor Care Assisted Living in Springfield, Missouri with her two daughters by her side.

Mary Louise is preceded in death by her parents, Noah Tate and Thelma Lay, and her husband of 54 years, William (Bill) Skouby.

She met the love of her life, Bill Skouby, while he was on leave from the U.S. Navy. She sold tickets at the Houston Drive-In Theatre, which her mother and step-father owned. After taking one look at Mary Louise, it was love at first sight for Bill and he knew one way or another, she was the one he was going to marry. So, on their first date, he proposed. One month later they were married in Thayer, Missouri on August 4, 1954. To this wonderful union, three children were born.

She is survived by her three children, Reginald Skouby, of Houston, MO; Pamella (Skouby) Hill, of Collinsville, OK; and Renie Skouby Elliott of Houston, MO; four grandchildren; Shawn Skouby of Lebanon, MO; Gabe Robbins, of Wichita, KS; Rheanan Lemaster, of Cynthiana, KY; and Whitney Williams of Houston, MO; five great- grandchildren; one sister, LaNell Cooper of Springfield, MO; and one brother, Urban (Butch) Tate, of Cabool, MO; and several nieces and nephews.

Mary Louise graduated from Houston High School where she was involved in many activities, including student council, orchestra and band, and she was a Homecoming Queen candidate her freshmen year.

After she and Bill were married, they moved their family to California and Michigan due to Bill’s service to his country, before returning back to Houston, which is the area they both grew up in. And after Navy life, they were ready to slow down and settle in one place for once. Both of them loved Houston and were proud to raise their family here.

Mary Louise, along with Bill, played an active role in establishing the Fraternal Order of Eagles, No. 3911 in Houston. She was an active member of the Lady’s Auxiliary. She was also active with the VFW, and was the secretary there for quite some time.

Mary Louise was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved the simple things in life. She loved to take rides with Bill and the family on country roads and look at the Dogwood trees when they bloomed. She and Bill also loved listening to country and bluegrass and attended the local musical gatherings anytime they got the chance.

Family and friends were very important to Mary Louise. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the American Cancer Society, in her honor. To send an online condolence go to

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 P. M. at Allen Cemetery with Wesley Wallace officiating. Pallbearers are; Mike Hill and Gabriel Robbins. Services are under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

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