Breckenridge Texan

Yolanda ‘Landy’ Skaggs

Yolanda ‘Landy’ Skaggs
February 20
09:32 2024

Yolanda (Landy) Denise Howle was born on March 26, 1953, in Big Spring, Texas. Landy was the daughter of Billye Merle Wood Howle and Arlen Guy Howle Jr., who was well known in the Breckenridge, Texas, community as Red.

As a young child, Landy and her parents moved to Snyder, Texas, when she was approximately three years old. Not long after the move, Landy’s sister, Shelley Arnette Howle, was born. The Howle family remained in this community for a few years. Landy’s dad decided to pursue a college education, so the family moved to Arlington, Texas. He attended the University of Texas at Arlington. Shortly thereafter, Landy became a sister, once again, to Holly Paige Howle. And then, ten years later, Landy became a sister to Casey Charisse Howle.

Landy had an adventurous lifestyle as a child. Her father’s career afforded her the opportunity to live in Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, and Alaska before moving back to Texas by the time she was entering high school in Breckenridge. There were many memories made as the family enjoyed exploring the sights and scenes of each state in which they lived. Her sisters recall weekend excursions of their mom packing a cooler and driving to area sites. Even when they moved to Breckenridge, there were weekends when the family would just drive to other towns and take a look at the homes, downtown locations, and antique stores.

Landy attended Cisco Junior College in her early 20s to pursue a career in nursing. She achieved her goal of receiving her LVN license. She loved tending to people’s health needs. Landy had a 38-year nursing career with Dr. J.T Lawrence’s practice. Both she and Dr. Lawrence retired in 2019.

In 1971, Landy gave birth to Koby Ken Killion. Koby was the spark of life that she gained enjoyment from.

In 1977, she married Glen Ray Skaggs; and along with Brad Ray Skaggs, they became a happy family of 4. Life was busy with two young boys involved in all of the activities they could be a part of. The family enjoyed many weekends of camping, lake outings, or exploring new places. Those multitude of happy memories will be cherished forever.

The Skaggs family grew when Brad married Robyn Lightfoot in 1995. Brad has a daughter, Katie Skaggs, from a previous marriage along with a grandson, Justin. In 1996, Heston Skaggs was born. Through the grandkids, Landy became known as Grammy and Glen as Pappy. Five years later, grandchild number three arrived – Hunter Skaggs.

Koby met Tracie Prater in high school, and they married in 1995 after Koby graduated from Texas Tech University. Kade Killion, grandchild number four, came into the world in 2003. Two years later, Cole Killion was born. Grammy had one granddaughter and four grandsons whom she showered with her love.

Landy became a great-grandmother to Landri Ray Skaggs in 2018. She is the daughter of Heston and Reagan. And great-granddaughter Saylor Kay Skaggs was born in 2023 to Hunter and Michenna.

Landy was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Casey Howle; step-daughter, Kelly Skaggs; grandson, Heston Skaggs; nephew, Hayden Harvey; and great-niece, Lainey Carter.

She is survived by her husband, Glen; son, Koby and wife Tracie; son, Brad and wife Roby; grandsons, Hunter and wife Michenna, Kade Killion, and Cole Killion, along with great-granddaughters, Landri and Saylor. She is also survived by her sister, Shelley Colbert and husband Michael, and Holly Harvey and husband Gregg, along with their children, Calli and Hadleigh; nephew, Brady Carter and wife Krista, along with their children, Trent, Trevor, and Kambri; nephew, Kelsey Carter and wife Tonya; and niece, Camille Bryan and husband Derrick, along with their children, Parker and Case.

Landy’s graveside service at the Breckenridge Cemetery will be a private, family-only event. Her family strongly encourages anyone who wants to honor Landy to make a memorial donation in her name to the Stephens County Humane Society or the Meals on Wheels organization in Breckenridge. Those donations can be left at Melton-Kitchens Funeral Home. Messages of condolence can be left online at


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