Mona Skeen

Date of Birth

May 9, 1920

Date of Death

August 21, 2014

City of Death

Santa barbara

Mona Etury Skeen was born and raised in Santa Barbara. The daughter of Spanish Basque immigrants from Pamplona, Spain, she grew up on El Capitan ranch. She met her husband of 64 years, William D. Skeen, the former Assistant Chief of the Santa Barbara Fire Dept. while playing golf, a hobby they enjoyed all their lives.

The Skeen family shared a love of nature. Mammoth Lakes, Lake Crowley and Twin Lakes were favorite destinations for fishing and camping. The other summer pastime was water skiing on lakes Nacimiento and San Antonio.

Mona is survived by her son William F. Skeen and spouse Ricardo Pelaez, her niece Cynthia McMahon and husband Tim, her nephew Howard Marion and his wife Cyndi and their daughter Kati Rouleau and her husband Scott and their daughter Maycee Rae Rouleau. She is also survived by nieces Christine Tidd, Sarah Tidd, and their families, the family of her late nephew, William Tidd, and cousins Betty Skeen, Gary Skeen, Dennis Morelock, Kathy Newton, and their families. She is survived by the family of her late step-daughter, Betty Duhachek.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Center for Successful Aging, A memorial service will take place at noon on Saturday, September 6th at Mulligans Café, 3500 McCaw Ave, Santa Barbara. RSVP (required) to

arrangements entrusted to Welch-Ryce-Haider Funeral Chapels.


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