Services will be held today at 11 a.m. for Margaret Skeeter, a longtime librarian for Women’s Wear Daily and Fairchild Publications, at the Riverdale on Hudson Funeral Home in the Bronx, N.Y.
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Skeeter died Thursday of complications from lung cancer, according to her daughter-in-law Lori Skeeter. She was 66.
Born Margaret Ann Skeeter in Franklin, Va., Skeeter’s family relocated to Manhattan, where she attended high school. She was first tipped off to an opening in WWD’s library through an employment agency. After interviewing at the company, the then 19-year-old had a job offer waiting for her by the time she got home. Elizabeth Loughlin, Skeeter’s former boss, said she wanted to hire her on the spot but had already committed to interviewing two others that same day. But Loughlin said she did that quickly and left a message for Skeeter at her home.
“Margaret was such a joy in herself and in the things she did for others. She was always helping others,” Loughlin said.
Skeeter, who left the company last fall, worked in the photo library for most of her 46-year run. “It was the only full-time job she ever had. She never had to do a résumé,” her daughter-in-law said.
She did, however, also have a part-time job at Bloomingdale’s flagship for 25 years, and was still employed there at the time of her death. “It’s a work ethic we don’t see much of,” her daughter-in-law said. “She was pretty much doing what she had to do for her children. They went to private schools and were both in college at the same time. Her children were her primary driving force.”
Skeeter is survived by her daughter, Shireene Skeeter-Read, of Temple Hill, Md., and her son, Felton Skeeter Jr. of Richmond. She is also survived by two brothers, Leon and Steven Haskins.