She will be greeted by her deceased family members and friends. She was born in Seminary Township, in Pittsburgh, Illinois on November 15, 1913, one of nine children born to William H. and Permelia Jane (Elam) Hans. She was the last surviving member of all her siblings and all her husband’s siblings. She married Vanney McDonald “Donald” Holmes on October 16, 1933 at the Marion County Courthouse in Salem, and he preceded her in death on October 9, 1980.
Mrs. Holmes is survived by her daughter Marlene Fox of Centralia; daughter-in-law Cindy Holmes of Centralia; seven grandchildren Donna Dodson and husband Roger of Centralia, Kevin Cates and wife Carrie of Las Vegas, Nevada, Danny Holmes and wife Laurie, Brian Holmes and wife Cindy, both of Centralia, Brent Cates and wife Karla of Sandoval, Jeron Hayes and husband Rob of King George, Va., and Candee Fox of Nixa, Mo.; 14 great-grandchildren, Jared Dodson and wife Kris of Walnut Hill, Casey Dodson and wife Katrena of Centralia, Scottie Cates and wife Libby of Pocahontas, Curtis Cates and fiancee Bridget Witherow of Fort Myers, Fla, Chase Cates of Modesto, Calif., Andrea Cates of Las Vegas, Nevada, Tim Braddy and Sara Braddy, both of Nixa, Mo.,, Ashley Calvert and husband Donnie, Alexis Holmes, Danielle Holmes, Derrick Holmes and wife Tori of Centralia, Cody Hayes and Randa Hayes of King George, Va.; eight great-great-grandchildren Kalli Dodson, Christopher Dodson, Adrianne Dodson, Ellie Cates, Nick McDonald, Jake McDonald, Jaelynn Pender, Kelan Calvert and another great-great-grandchild due in September; and many friends and neighbors.
In addition to her husband of 46 years, Mrs. Holmes was preceded in death by her parents; daughter Shirley Jenkins; son Gerald L. “Jerry” Holmes; great-grandson Alex Holmes; sons-in-law Jerry Jenkins and Bill Fox; four brothers Delmar Hans, Merle Hans, Carlos Hans and Cleo Han; and four sisters Opal Tedrick, Elfie McMeen, Geraldine Tompkins and Fern Hans.
Mrs. Holmes worked as child care aid at Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia, retiring on July 16, 1974 as a supervisor. She previously worked at Hollywood Brands Candy Factory, Forrest City Dress Factory and the shoe factory.
After she retired, Mrs. Holmes was very active in her community. She was a Pink Lady, delivered Meals on Wheels and was a visitor and reader at local nursing homes. She belonged to several card clubs and attended many dances with her widowed friends. Mrs. Holmes was a very giving person, often giving to charities, buying clothing and and needed items for people at Fireside Nursing Home and buying school supplies for area children of need. She also sponsored a child in Ethiopia through Child Fund International. She was the only one of her siblings to graduate from high school. She enjoyed family vacations at the beach and was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. In 2012, she wrote a book about her life and gave copies to all of her family and many friends. Mrs. Holmes was also known for her home-made noodles and cobblers. Her greatest joy and biggest smile was when her home was full with her family on holidays and family get togethers.
Mrs. Holmes was a long time member of Faith United Methodist Church where she held many offices and jobs. She taught the Home Builders Sunday School Class for 25 plus years and sang in the choir.
Services honoring Wilma’s life will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia, with Pastor Phil Poe officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park near Centralia.
Friends may call from 5 until 8 p.m. Sunday. June 8, 2014 and from 9 a.m. until the time of services at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made in Mrs. Holmes’ memory to Shirley and Jerry Jenkins Memorial Nursing Scholarship at Rend Lake College Foundation, SSM Hospice or Jerry and Alex Holmes Memorial Scholarship at Kaskaskia College and will be received at the Moran Queen-Boggs Funeral Home in Centralia.
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