Clare Spellman Holmes

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WILKES-BARRE — Clare Spellman Holmes passed away Sunday morning, July 6, 2014, at Golden Living Center – Summit in Wilkes-Barre, where she had been a patient for the past year.

Born in Plains Township, the youngest of three daughters born to James and Grace McCole Spellman, she remained in the family home on West Merritt Street for most of her life.

Clare graduated from her parish high school, Sacred Heart, in 1942. She became one of the legions of women workers joining the labor force during World War II and for decades was a member of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.

Clare and her sister, Bette, both moved to Wilkes-Barre about 10 years ago, where they lived at the Marlboro Apartments and were members Our Lady of Fatima Parish at St. Mary's Church until Bette's death in 2009. Their loving sister, Marian, passed away in Ohio some years before.

Clare's memories of growing up with her sisters in Plains Township together with those of attending Sacred Heart School for 12 years provided her with recollections that sustained her until the very end.

Like most of our mothers, she was, of course, perfect.

Clare is survived by her only son, John, Wilkes-Barre; a nephew, Preston Garvin, Ohio, his wife, Margaret, and their three children, Karen, Kristi and P.J.

Her son is grateful to Dr. Patrick Kerrigan and for the heroic efforts and kindness of the nursing staff and caregivers at Golden Living Center.

Funeral liturgy will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Friday at McLaughlin's – The Family Funeral Service, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Interment will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday at McLaughlin's.

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McLaughlin's - The Family Funeral Service
142 South Washington Street
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701
(570) 823-4567
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Published in Times Leader from July 8 to July 9, 2014
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