Carol Ann Holmes

August 8, 1934 - September 2, 2015
Elk Rapids, MI



Sunday, September 6, 2015
1:00 PM EDT
Grace Lutheran Church
16194 WaniganDr.
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
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At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Grace Lutheran Church
16194 Wanigan Dr.
Elk Rapids, MI 49629

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Elk Lake Floral & Greenhouses
8628 Cairn Hwy
Elk Rapids, MI 49629
(231) 264-8818
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Cherryland Floral
1208 S. Garfield
Traverse City, MI 49686
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Life Story / Obituary


Carol Ann Rust Holmes

Born on August 8, 1934 in Owosso, Michigan to parents, Harry J. and Irene M. (Chrivia) Rust.

Attended schools in Owosso, MI graduating in 1952 from Owosso High School.

In 1953 she married Jack L. Holmes in Owosso where they made their home until retirement to Elk Rapids, MI. She worked at Owosso Memorial Hospital for several years before being employed by Robert W. Clifford, M.D. for twenty-one years. After retiring from the Doctor’s office she became a full time innkeeper of their Bed and Breakfast, Mulberry House on North Shiawassee Street. While in Owosso, she was a member of Salem Lutheran Church.

After retiring to Elk Rapids, she became a member of the Elk Rapids Garden Club and volunteered at the MMAP office in Traverse City. Most of her volunteer work was at her church, Grace Lutheran in Elk Rapids. She also was a reviewer for Michigan Lake to Lake Bed & Breakfast Association doing inspections for many years. She loved to be outdoors working in the garden or fishing off the dock on Bass Lake. Among her other hobbies were knitting, reading, cooking for family and friends and several types of handiwork. She was a collector of antique dishes and giraffes as well as rag dolls. She also worked on family genealogy on her computer.

Surviving are: husband, Jack; Son, Jon L. Holmes and wife Susan Valentine and grandchildren Mark of Minneapolis, MN and Allison of Madison,WI ; daughter, Joni & Donald Forster of Owosso, MI and grandchildren, Sarah (Forster) and husband Andrew Forney of Royal Oak, MI and Thomas Forster of Findlay, OH. Also surviving are several nieces & nephews whom she also dearly loved. Surviving too are special friends, Thelma Orzechowski of Elk Rapids and Lucille Kiley of Owosso, MI. Carol was preceded in death by her beloved son Chris Holmes, Owosso MI.

The memorial service will be held at Grace Lutheran Church at 1:00 pm on Sunday, September 6th, with a luncheon following in fellowship hall.

Internment will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Owosso, Michigan.

Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, 16194 Wangian Dr., Elk Rapids, Michigan 49629 or the charity of your choice. Please sign the guest book and share a message with her family.