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BEDFORD, NH - Mette K. Skillings, 85, a long-time resident of Andover, MA and Bedford, NH passed away on January 18th.
Born in Elsinore, Denmark , Mette was the daughter of the late Laue and Lily Sundorph. She received her early education in Copenhagen. At the end of the Second World War, she acted as a courier for the Resistance against the German forces in Denmark under her father, who was also one of the heads of the Resistance.
In the early 1950's, Mette attended the Foreign Service Program at Cambridge University in England to prepare for a career in the Foreign Service. She then returned to Copenhagen and joined the Finance Ministry. With an avid interest in global affairs, Mette was prized for her work and sent to an administrative post to become the assistant to the Consul General of Montreal. While in Montreal, she met James, who was attending McGill University's Dental School at the time. After marrying, they moved to Andover, MA, where they raised their family. Mette was known as a kind-hearted friend and a loving wife and mother, with a wonderful sense of humor, empathy and keen intelligence. She was considered "one-of-a-kind."
Mette is survived by her husband, Dr. James W. Skillings; her daughter, Anne-Mette Halvorson and husband Eric of Minneapolis, her son, James Skillings, Jr. and wife Wendy of Bedford and son, John Skillings of Charlestown; her three grandchildren Alex and Alden Skillings and Lily Halvorson; her brother, Hans Sundorph and many nieces and nephews. The family would like to send their gratitude to the staff at Amedisys Hospice and Visiting Angels for their loving care and to the wonderful friends and family who were part of her special life.
ARRANGEMENTS: Visitation is Saturday, Jan. 27th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. followed by a funeral service at noon at Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem, NH. In lieu of flowers contributions can be sent to the Animal Rescue League of NH, 545 NH-101, Bedford, NH 03110. To send a message of condolence to the family, please view the obituary at www.douglasandjohnson.com.
Published on January 24, 2018
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