Ruby Belle Skipp, 92, of Wolcott and more recently of Waterbury, passed away peacefully at The Village at East Farms on June 6, 2021. Ruby was the beloved wife of the late Richard V. Skipp. Ruby was born Feb. 7, 1929 in Oxford, Pa., the daughter of the late Harold Fischer and Carrie Stallings Fischer.
She is survived by her fraternal twin sister Georgie Fischer of Baldwin, Md., her nephews, Mark Fischer and Michael Fischer and her nieces, Susan Fischer and Janice Murphy. She is predeceased by her brothers; James, Leon and Marion and her sister, Marie.
Ruby was a Registered Nurse for over 60 years, retiring from Bristol Hospital. She spent many years caring for countless patients and even after her retirement filled in for nurses during the holidays, so they could be with their families. In her younger years, she loved hiking, swimming and singing, which she continued into her later life as a member of the Sweet Adelines. She was an extremely talented crafter, enjoying knitting, quilting, crocheting and needlework. She was an adept seamstress, making clothes for herself and her loved ones, and costumes for the plays of her grandnephew Bryan Murphy. Having grown up on a working farm, she continued throughout her life as an avid gardener, canning her bounty at the end of each season. She loved to hunt for a great deal and would fastidiously scout for the best bargains at local tag sales, taking pride in her ability as a tough negotiator to get the lowest price for any treasures she found. She adored dogs, especially her Chihuahuas, fostering many over her lifetime.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, June 11, 2021 at 11 a.m. at St. Pius X Church, 525 Woodtick Road, Wolcott. A calling hour will be held prior, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 690 Woodtick Road, Wolcott. Burial will conclude services in St. Joseph Cemetery, Bristol. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.dellavecchiawolcott.com .