Rebecca Holmes

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  • "Becky, Thanks for sharing your life with us. Your light..."
    - Walt and Phyllis Krytusa
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Rebecca Jo Holmes 10/14/1948 - 06/30/2016 On Thursday, June 30, 2016, Dr. Rebecca Jo Holmes peacefully joined her Creator, while surrounded by loving friends in her Blaine home. Integrative medicine was her focus to the end in confronting her ovarian cancer for 17 years. Rebecca was born October 14, 1948, in Heilwood, PA, the only child of Reuben and Helen Dertzo Holmes. She graduated from Penns Manor High School and Indiana University of Pennsylvania with a Masters Degree in English Literature. Becky was active in musical theater throughout her high school, college and teaching at Dayton High School, where she directed school plays. In 1980, she completed her medical doctorate and established a family practice in Indiana, PA. In 1988, she and Dr. Mary Lee Webb, Psychologist, began a holistic healthcare center in PA. They subsequently co-authored THE POSITIVE STRESS FACTOR and in 1991 formed an international consulting firm, based on Dr. Holmes's registered trademark, Energy Dynamics®, a program to harness stress and make it positive. Becky was an incredibly strong individual, matched only by her compassion for family, friends and others. Prior to her father's death, in 1988, she was his constant companion during his extended illness and the primary caregiver for her mother until Helen's passing in their Blaine home in 2011. Last year, while coping with her own cancer, she helped her "adopted mother", Marie, to pass away in her home at age 102. Many who knew Becky have been impacted by her wisdom, her teachings and her relentless positive approach to life, illness and even death. Rebecca had a zest for living and learning! She traveled extensively throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Eastern and Western Europe and Australia. Her love of books, music, theater and the movies was insatiable. Becky is survived by her soul mate of 35 years, Mary Lee Webb; her aunt, Dot Dertzo; and her cousins, Ron and Delbert Kuzemchak, their wives, Lucille and Ginny, their children and Mary Welker and her husband Leonard. Her family circle also includes those close friends who surrounded her during the final days of her life; Walt and Phyllis Krytusa, Jeanne Molino, Lorna Spence, Dr. Jill Bradshaw, Karen Lombardi, Leanne Galati, Kathy Stauffer, Sara King, Sophia Weremchuk, Hanna and Alex Mazurkewycz, and the Webb cousins. We would like to thank Bob Stewart, PA-C, Dr. Maria Putney, and the staff at the Peace Health Medical Group, Infusion Solutions, Hospice, and Signature Home Health. A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at the Semiahmoo Resort in Blaine on Friday, August 19th. Suggested memorials include The Hay Foundation, PO Box 5100, Carlsbad, CA 92018 and KCTS9 Public Television, 401 Mercer Street, Seattle, WA 98109. Sign the online guest register and share memories and condolences at www.bowserminich.com.
Published in Bellingham Herald on Aug. 7, 2016
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