September 5, 1921-September 12, 2013
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Beverly Mae Holmes on September 12, 2013 at the age of 92. She is survived by her sisters Shirley Williams and Marilyn (Jim) Van Loo, brother Dennis (Pat) Dahl, sister-in-law Vivian Holmes, daughters Deborah (Dennis) and Susan (Patrick), sons Craig (Janet) and Peter (Lorraine) Holmes, grandchildren Sarah and Alexander Holmes, Sheri (David) Cleugh, Misty (Cam) Paterson, Nicole (Brad) Lenihan, Rene (Donny) and Rease (Tanya) Larson, and many nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren. Beverly was predeceased by her husband Heil Holmes, parents Chris and Mae Dahl, and sister Carolyn Livingstone. Beverly was raised in rural Alberta,and earned her nursing degree at the U of A in Edmonton where she met her husband Neil. They spent most of their married life in Lethbridge where they raised their four children. They built and enjoyed a retirement home in Cobble Hill; Beverly eventually moved to Victoria. She was generous, loving and wise, and bestowed her love of life on everyone she met. Bev had a strong spirit and valued self-reliance. She listened. She touched many lives and will be greatly missed. A celebration of Beverly's life will be held at the Cordova Bay United Church, Victoria, BC at 1:00 pm on October 5th. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to the Neil and Beverly Holmes Memorial Scholarship at the University of Lethbridge.
Published in The Times Colonist on Oct. 4, 2013