Obituary for Annette Brigance Skains

Annette Skains was born May 10, 1964, in Oxford, Mississippi. She passed away on August 19, 2021, at the age of 57, following a brief illness.

Annette was raised in Mississippi where she graduated from Lafayette High School, and the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) in Oxford, MS. She has worked in many capacities with students who have special needs. She had a wealth of knowledge pertaining to students with special needs and was considered by many to be an expert in her field. She worked for the North Mississippi Regional Center (1995-2000) in Oxford; Red River Parish School Board (2000-2001); and the Winn Parish School Board (2002-present). Annette had such a dedication and passion for the students in her classroom and the community. She tutored after hours for many years, helped with the backpack ministry, and just cared for the needs of any student in Winn Parish. While at Winnfield Primary School, she left an immeasurable mark on the school,
students, colleagues, and community. Gifted with many talents, she chose to use hers to educate the children of Winnfield Primary School in the most special way. Her colleagues would describe her as a “precious gem” and her students’ families considered her part of theirs.

Annette is survived by her husband, Eugene Dale Skains of Winnfield, LA; her daughter, Carol Lanette Drewery; grandson, Aiden Joseph Drewery; mother, Fran Brigance; sister, Lynn Tramel and husband, Terry; and, brother, David Brigance, all of Oxford, MS. She is preceded in death by her adopted father, Joe Brigance; father, Ace Stanford; and grandparents, Will and Vera Standford and George and Connie Baggett. Annette is also survived by her beloved pets, Moe, Curly, and Bullie, for whom she had an undeniable love.

Annette’s family, friends, and students will forever have fond memories of her loving care and concern. She was a kind and gentle soul who went above and beyond to serve others. Her legacy of laughter, friendship, giving spirit, and love will be cherished by all who were privileged to know her.

Friends may visit with the family from 5PM until 7PM on Friday, August 27, 2021, at Southern Funeral Home in Winnfield, LA. Funeral services will be held at 10:00AM on Saturday, August 28, 2021, at the First Presbyterian Church in Winnfield, LA, under the direction of Southern Funeral Home.

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