KNOX — Gladys Pearl (Smith) Holmes, 91, passed away Oct. 9, 2021, at home surrounded by family. She was born in Freedom to Bernard and Marjorie (Stevens) Smith. She went to area schools and graduated from Freedom Academy, where she was co-captain of the championship basketball team.
On Jan. 18, 1950, Gladys married the love of her life, Clinton “Sonny” Holmes. After he returned from the Army, they bought their home in Knox and raised their three children there.
They celebrated their 66th anniversary shortly before his death in 2016. Gladys continued to live there until her passing.
They enjoyed many years of roller skating, camping, golfing and bowling, going on many trips to Nationals bowling. They made many trips west to visit her brother, Cecil, and his family in Nevada. They hosted the annual family reunion for many years. Gladys was also the registrar for the town of Knox for over 25 years.
Gladys was predeceased by her parents; her husband; her baby sister, Carlene; her brother, Cecil, and wife Virginia; her sister, Janet Boynton; brothers-in-law Raymond Grass, Lawrence Wyman and Ronald Holmes.
Gladys is survived by her three children and their spouses, Sandra and Jon Willette of Freedom, Gary and Jolene Holmes of Unity and Steven and Kim Holmes of Freedom; 11 grandchildren and their spouses/partners, Glenn Giggey and Bri Pushor, Don Giggey and Jen Dourant, Kerri and Louis Genness, Jason and Nicole Giggey, Ryan and Jasmine Willette, Erin and William Pelletier, Jacob Holmes and Naomi Cayford, Sara Holmes and Jeremy Graf, Justine Littlefield, Scott Holmes and Keisha Whitman, and Cody Holmes; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Charlene and husband Leonard Wyman; brother and sister-in-law Dennis and Cheryl Holmes; and sisters-in-law Loretta Grass and Debra Holmes; along with many nieces, nephews and friends.
Special thanks from the family go to Dr. Kriegel and his staff at Northern Light Primary Care in Unity for the home visits and phone check-ins, and to Tabitha Cook from A Better Choice Homecare who came in and helped with her personal care. It was appreciated more than you know.
A graveside service will be held Saturday, Oct. 23, at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Freedom. A luncheon will be held directly afterward at the Freedom Congregational Church on Pleasant Street.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to a charity of your choosing.
An online guestbook may be signed and memories shared at familyfirstfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements are with Lawry Brothers Funeral & Cremation Care, Fairfield.
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