Charlotte “Skip” Mackner, former mayor of Skykomish, has died at age 79.
Mackner, a Sky Valley native who was born in Startup in 1934, grew up in Skykomish and was one of 12 graduates of Skykomish High School in 1952.
She married Bob Mackner in 1953 and the pair had four children. They lived in Everett and in Ballard, and Mackner worked at the Macy’s at the Northgate Mall for 20 years.
During that time, she was an avid bowler, often meeting her teammates at the Rickshaw Restaurant in Seattle near Edmonds.
When she retired, Mackner and her husband moved back to Skykomish, where they bought a home.
Mackner was a charter member of the Skykomish Historical Society, and served as mayor from 2002-2010.
Mackner served during an important time in Skykomish’s history, as the BNSF Railroad Company negotiated with residents on settlements prior to temporarily removing their homes and replacing the oil-soaked earth beneath before returning the homes to their prior positions.
She also negotiated with the railroad on reparations to the town itself. The railroad created a park and a tourism center for the city.
For their service to the community, Mackner and her husband were recently named “Mr. and Mrs. Skykomish.”
Mackner and her family took a cruise to Alaska this summer to celebrate the Mackners’ 60th wedding anniversary.
She is survived by her husband and children.
Services were held at Holyrood Catholic Cemetery in Shoreline Saturday.