Margie Holmes

Margie Decker Holmes, 92, of Plymouth, passed away peacefully April 29, 2014, surrounded by members of her family, after a short stay at the Newfield House. Born Sept. 22, 1921, in Beverly, she was the daughter of Andrew Jackson Decker and Mabel (Morton) Decker. Margie attended Plymouth schools and graduated from Plymouth High School in 1938. On March 7, 1943, she married the love of her life, Roland Washburn Holmes, and she and Rollie were able to celebrate 69 wedding anniversaries together before he passed away May 27, 2012. Margie's love of books and reading took her to library training school in Springfield, where she also attended American International College. In Springfield, she was employed as a library assistant at Forest Park Library and later as librarian, proofreader and reviewer at the Springfield Daily News. She also served for many years as a library assistant at the Plymouth Public Library, feature writer for the New Bedford Standard Times, where she wrote over thirty feature stories, and office manager at the Plymouth Chamber of Commerce. When Rollie was offered a position at the University of Illinois, after almost twenty years teaching English at Plymouth High School, Margie worked as an editor for the College of Education at the University of Illinois. Margie had a keen interest in Plymouth history and her Pilgrim ancestors, among whom Myles Standish was discussed most often. She authored a chapter on Plymouth during the Civil War in the 1971 Pilgrim Society book "They Knew They Were Pilgrims", published by Poseiden Books. She was a life member of the Pilgrim Society. She also loved to research and talk about English and Scottish history, particularly the 15th and 16th centuries, and she was able to spend considerable time in the United Kingdom during two sabbaticals walking the countryside and exploring her favorite castles. She could recite the names of all the kings and queens of England and Scotland. She was also fond of Russian history and classical music. She liked to say that she had seen Rachmaninoff himself play one of his concertos. And in recent memory, crossword puzzles were her daily passion. Throughout her years in Plymouth, Margie was also a member of the Antiquarian Society where she volunteered for many events. She volunteered for the membership fund drive for the new addition to the old Jordan Hospital. She was a Cub Scout Leader. She was also a member of the Black and White Club, National Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, Manomet Bird Observatory, South Shore Bird Club, and the Vermont Natural Resources Council. Margie especially enjoyed her membership at the Eel River Beach Club where she could play tennis, swim and be with some of her lifelong friends. Margie loved a good conversation, and it was punctuated invariably with a gleeful laughter. While in Illinois she served on a myriad of committees and volunteered for many organizations including Friends of the Urbana Free Library; Friends of the University of Illinois Library, League of Women Voters, Girl Scouts, and the Citizens Advisory Committee for the State's Attorney's Office, Adult Diversion Program. For Margie though, her family came first and foremost throughout her life. She loved to be with them all at annual family badminton tournaments held for close to thirty years. She is survived by sons, Stephen J. Holmes and Heidemarie Holmes-Heiss of East Montpelier, Vt., Evan W. Holmes and Lydia (Withington) Holmes of Plymouth, Peter A. Holmes and Sandy Holmes of Farmington, Conn.; and daughter, Joanna Holmes and Sue Calabro of Plymouth; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Richard W. Drew of Sagamore Beach, and sister, Mary Drew Fuller of Martha's Vineyard. There will be a celebration of Margie's Life at the Plimoth Plantation - Peabody Pavilion, Sunday, May 18, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Memorial contributions in Margie's name may be made to Cranberry Hospice, Inc., or Wild Land Trust, in Plymouth. For more info and online guest book, please visit www.cartmellfuneralhome. com.

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Published in Old Colony Memorial from May 3 to May 10, 2014