MINNEAPOLIS -- Valerie "Cookie" Skinaway, 54, Minneapolis, died Thursday, April 24, 2003, at home.
She was born July 14, 1948, in Cloquet to Edward and Mary (Pendgayush) Skinaway. She attended school in Onamia. In her late teens she moved to Minneapolis and worked for the PICA Head Start program as a teacher's aide as well as driving bus.
Survivors include a special friend, Lester Lerfeld, Minneapolis; three sons, Laural Sam, Herbert James Sam, Jr. and Gary Dwayne Sam, all of Minneapolis; two daughters, Lisa Jean Sam and Alana Marie Sam, both of Minneapolis; 12 grandchildren; three brothers, Fred Skinaway, Onamia, Edward Skinaway Jr., Minneapolis, and Warren Skinaway, Minneapolis; and three sisters, Jean Oswaldson, Onamia, Loris White, Isle, and Clara Sam, Onamia.
Her parents; and a sister, Mae Skinaway, died earlier.
Services will be 10 a.m. Monday at the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Community Center on the Mille Lacs Reservation with Lee Staples officiating. Burial will be in Vineland Cemetery on the Mille Lacs Reservation.
Friends may call starting at 4 p.m. today at the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Community Center.
Arrangements are with the Shelley Funeral Chapel of Onamia.
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