Ruth R. Holmes, 97, of Sandown, NH died Wednesday May 9, 2012 at Parkland Medical Center, Derry. Mrs. Holmes was born in West Newbury, MA on March 28, 1915, a daughter of the late Charles and Idella (Rowell) Poore. Growing up in West Newbury, she was active in both Grange and All Saints Episcopal Church.
She graduated from West Newbury High School. In 1938, she graduated from Keene Teachers College, following which she accumulated 28 years of teaching in the schools of Kensington, Chester, Sandown and Kingston. She was a member of the State Retired Educators Association and the Timberlane/ Sanborn Retired Educators Assocation. In 1942, she married Everett Holmes. While he served in the Armed Forces, she spent some time with him in Texas and Louisiana, continued teaching, knit for the Red Cross and was very much involved in the rationing of everything from sugar to gasoline.
After retiring in 1975, she and her husband enjoyed several winters at their home in Englewood, FL.
She is survived by her daughter, Arlene Bassett and her husband Carroll of Sandown, her son, Charles Holmes and his wife Mildred of Raymond, five grandchildren, James Bassett, Scott Bassett, Stacey Gilcreast and Kathleen Winter all of Sandown, and Lisa Ullah of Manchester, seven great-grandchildren, a sister, Rachel Adams of Merrimac, MA, also several nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years in 2007 and by her granddaughter, Terry Holmes in 2002.
ARRANGEMENTS: There are no calling hours. Following cremation, graveside services will be held on Saturday June 2, 2012 at 10:00 am at Center Cemetery, Route 121A, Main St., Sandown. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made the Sandown Fire Rescue Association, P.O. Box 1756, Sandown, NH 03873. The Peabody Funeral Homes and Crematorium of Derry and Londonderry are assisting the family with arrangements. To send a condolence or for more information, please visit www.peabodyfuneralhome.com