Barbara J. Skinner Lamb was born to Morris and Marie Skinner on Aug. 17, 1931, in Ainsworth, Neb. Her parents were paleontologists working for the American Museum of Natural History, so her childhood was spent growing up in the Sandhills and New York City. Skinner/Lamb married a petroleum geologist in 1950; the marriage lasted 13 years. Skinner Lamb has a son and a daughter living in Washington State. She supported her children by working as a respiratory therapist. She moved back to Ainsworth from Oklahoma City in 1976, where she has since lived and worked, and she never intends to leave this beautiful area.