May 18, 1921-Dec. 21, 2004

HERMISTON - Mary Elizabeth Holmes, age 83, a longtime resident of Hermiston, died Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004, at Providence St. Vincent's Hospital in Portland.

A memorial service for Mrs. Holmes will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the First United Methodist Church in Hermiston. Private family inurnment was at the Hermiston Cemetery.

Mrs. Holmes was born May 18, 1921 at Chappell, Neb. to William and Vera Shawkey Keep. The family moved to Elm Creek, Neb., in 1927, where she attended grade school and high school, graduating in 1939.

She attended the University of South Dakota at Vermillion, S.D. and later worked at the Sioux Army Depot in Sidney, Neb., while there, she met Archie Reeves Holmes. The couple were married October 20, 1942 at Elm Creek. Her husband was a government employee.

The family moved frequently as he was transferred to various locations. They lived in France prior to moving to Hermiston in 1964.

Mrs. Holmes was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

She loved to read, work on crossword puzzles, play "chicken foot" with her friends and have coffee at the local lunch counter.

Survivors include a brother, Charles Keep of Elm Creek, Neb., a daughter, Patricia Larson and her husband, Steve, of Minneapolis, Minn., a son, Michael Holmes and his wife, Arlene, of Portland, grandchildren, Erin Sellars and Grant Larson, and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 191 East Gladys Avenue, Hermiston, OR 97838.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston in charge of arrangements.

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