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Elizabeth Betty (Farmer) Holmes, 80, of Lancaster, PA, formerly of Southboro and Westborough, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Monday, September 3, 2018 at Lancaster General Hospital, as the result of an illness suffered while celebrating her significant birthday with her family on a Caribbean Cruise. Betty was the beloved wife of Marty Holmes, who she met at a Middlesex County 4-H Fair over 60 years ago. Born in Pepperell, MA, she was the only daughter of Robert L.W. & Ethel M. (Tully) Farmer. Betty was a graduate of Pepperell High School and Nashua Business College and worked as a real estate broker in Allentown and Lancaster, retiring from Berkshire Hathaway Home Sales Services, Lancaster in 2016. She had a very strong Christian faith and was a devoted member of the Church of the Apostles. She had previously been a member of the First Community Church of Southboro. She also was a 4-H leader for several clubs. Her greatest enjoyment came from spending time with her family. In addition to her husband she was the loving mother of Jim Holmes and his wife Cheryl of Westboro, MA; Jeff Holmes and his wife Jane; and Judy Pertet of PA; 4 grandchildren: Lauren & Christopher Holmes, and Jonah Pertet of PA; and Erica Davidson of NJ; 4 brothers, George Farmer (Dottie); Fred Farmer; Jim Farmer, all of Pepperell, MA; Bob Farmer (Karin) of Marlboro, MA; 2 sisters-in-law, Irene Brown of Southborough, MA and Ellen Temple of MO; nieces and nephews, and many close cousins. Funeral services were held on Friday, September 7, 2018, in Pennsylvania. The bearers were here 2 grandsons and 4 brothers. The burial service ended with the memorable release of 25 butterflies. Memorial contributions in Bettys memory may be offered to the Church of the Apostles, 1850 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, PA 17603. For online condolences visit SnyderFuneralHome.com.
Published in MetroWest Daily News on Sept. 16, 2018
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