Elizabeth Parsons Holmes, known as Bonnie to her friends and Boie to her grandchildren, passed away peacefully on August 28, 2013 at Emerson Hospital, Concord, Massachusetts, after having suffered a stroke. Bonnie was the loving wife of David Bullard Holmes, who predeceased her by almost 47 years, and the loving companion of Stanley Rubin of Jupiter, Florida, where she enjoyed spending her winters for the past 20 years. A long-time resident of Winchester, Massachusetts, Bonnie had recently moved to Newbury Court in Concord, where she enjoyed making new friends. Bonnie was born in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania on December 22, 1932 to Frederick Henry Parsons and Elizabeth Peabody Parsons. She had one older brother, Peter Peabody Parsons, who predeceased her. Bonnie attended the Weeks Middle School in Newton, Massachusetts, The Park School in Brookline, Massachusetts and graduated from the The Park School of Buffalo. She was a 1954 graduate of Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, earning a degree in English. After the death of her husband in 1966, Bonnie began a career teaching junior high school English in the Winchester Public Schools. During that time she earned a Masters Degree from Boston University and a Certificate of Advanced Study from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. Bonnie was an outdoors girl. Immediately following her graduation from Smith, she spent two years in Colorado, tutoring young members of the Coors family and learning where the best powder stashes could be found on Ajax Mountain. She became a fluid and fearless skier. On her return to New England, she climbed all forty eight 4,000-foot peaks in New Hampshire, accompanied by her sons and a collection of willing friends and family. Bonnie cherished the time she spent with her extended family at Kinderheim in North Sandwich, New Hampshire, chatting on the porch swing and waiting for the sun to go over the mountain. Bonnie collected art, patronized The Boston Symphony Orchestra, read avidly and widely, rooted for the Red Sox, and appreciated good food paired with just the right wine. She was a fixture on the sidelines of her grandchildrens sporting events. During her retirement, she traveled the globe, often with her dear cousin Mary Helen Miller. She leaves two sons, Daniel of Concord, Massachusetts and Bradford of Newton, Massachusetts, and five grandchildren: Sam, Helen, Elizabeth (Posie), Lucy and Madeline, and countless friends in the United States and abroad. In lieu of flowers, a donation in her name may be made to the Winchester A Better Chance program, of which she was a founder. (P.O. Box 94, Winchester, MA 01890 (or visit www.winchesterabc.org and click on the Donate tab). A service in her memory will be held at The Winchester Unitarian Church, 478 Main Street, Winchester, Massachusetts on Saturday October 19th at 3 pm.
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Published in The Winchester Star from Sept. 7 to Sept. 14, 2013