Eliza Ellen Maggard Skaggs, age 90, of Elliott County passed away Monday, October 24, 2022 at her residence.
Eliza was born October 8, 1932 in Elliott County, Kentucky to the late Elisha Henry and Jewell Whitt Maggard. She was a strong woman of faith and was a member of New Hope Association of United Baptist Church. Eliza was known & loved by many throughout her 27 years of driving a bus for the Elliott County Board of Education.
Eliza was married to the love of her life, Ralph Skaggs, for 64 years prior to his passing. Their love story began during the Korean War when Ralph would send love letters home to her. They were married upon his return home and their family began to grow.
From the hardware store to the California coast to the tobacco fields, Eliza went everywhere Ralph went. She loved her family fiercely, calling to check on her boys nightly, even through adulthood. She adored her grandkids, bragging on them to anyone who would listen. She giggled when she told stories from her childhood. She made the best dumplings and quilted by hand. She loved when people guessed her younger than her actual age. She never forgot a birthday. She was a hard worker and tougher than a nail. She was the backbone of the Skaggs family.
In addition to her parents & husband, she is preceded in death by two sisters, Glenna Markwell & Ruby Maggard; and three brothers, James, Charles Curtis, and Jack Maggard.
She is survived by her four sons: Larry (Patty) Skaggs, Ronnie (Jady) Skaggs, Billy (Delma) Skaggs, and Michael (Shena) Skaggs all of Sandy Hook, Kentucky; one brother, Johnny Maggard; 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and 2 great-great grandchildren along with a host of family and friends that will sadly mourn her passing.
Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, October 28, 2022 at Lewis and Ferguson Funeral Home in Sandy Hook, Kentucky with Brother Adam Bush & Brother Ricky Lyons officiating. Burial will follow in the Skaggs Cemetery on Skaggs Flat Road.
Friends may visit after 6 p.m. Thursday, October 27, 2022 at the Funeral Home.
Serving as pallbearers will be: Ronnie Skaggs Jr., Billy Skaggs Jr., Joel Jones, Jayson Jones, Korbin Spencer and Vince Pack.