Shirley A. Holmes

November 6, 1935 - April 5, 2019

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Shirley A. (Adams) Holmes, age 83, life-long Willard resident, took the hand of Jesus to go home on April 5, 2019. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was born on November 6, 1935 in Willard, Ohio to the late Carl and Elizabeth (Risner) Adams. Shirley was a 1953 graduate of Willard High School. She met her future husband, Glenn Holmes, when he was 17 and she was 16. They married on February 18, 1956 and were married 53 years until his death in 2009. Together they devoted their lives to raising their four children.

At different times in her life, Shirley worked at the Pioneer Rubber Company, the Shelby Air Depot, Hillside Acres Nursing Home and later at R.R. Donnelley and Sons. She was an avid reader her entire life and would stay up to 2 or 3 o'clock in the morning reading right up until the last year of her life. She was especially a fan of everything western...novels, mementos, antiques and decor. Shirley had a green thumb and enjoyed expanding her backyard flower garden and container pots. She also enjoyed looking for one-of-a-kind antiques. Her grandchildren have fond memories of her as one of their best friends and confidants and she will be remembered by them as one of their biggest cheerleaders. Shirley attended the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Willard.

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Glenn, her brother Richard (Bud) Adams, and sister Flora Jean Michalski.. She is survived by her daughters Susan (Evan) Hellinger and Shelley (Mark) Holden; sons David Holmes and Steven (Donna) Holmes; grandchildren Whitney (Wes) Smith, Haley (Mark) Inmon, Landon Wiles, Cody (Malarie) Grundish, Matt Grundish, and Madison Holmes; great-grandchildren Iver, Maverick, and Harvie Inmon, and Bodhi Smith; her sister Donna Bareiter and treasured friend Donna Kamann.

A private family funeral will be held at a later date. Expressions of sympathy may take the form of memorial donations to the Huron County Community Library (Willard) or Stein Hospice. Online condolences may be left for the family at


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Bill Wiles - Jun 6, 2019
I will always remember how nice she was to my brother Jim and his three children, Shirley's grandchildren.
Royden Trimner - Apr 24, 2019
So very sorry for your family's loss. I knew Shirley from the many years of renting the Adams' farm ground. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Diane Stiert - Apr 10, 2019
I am so sorry for your loss. I was Shirley’s hairdresser for years in Norwalk. I will remember her fondly.
Marsha Ganni - Apr 9, 2019
Shelley, Mark and family, Sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless
Mark & Carmen Castro - Apr 8, 2019
Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you. Shirley will be missed she was such a great lady!
Pastor Doc and Sheila Burrows - Apr 8, 2019
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.
Joni Leitz - Apr 8, 2019
Shelly so sorry for your loss! ? to you and your family
Susan Smith - Apr 8, 2019
I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of Shirley. We had some good times working at RR Donnelly's together, listening to her stories & Donna's helped pass the time away. My son & her grandson ended up being great friends. I'm so glad I stopped & knocked on her door 1 night on my walk. RIP
Don and Tina Shirey - Apr 7, 2019
We are so sorry for your loss
Kim (Sullivan) McCracken - Apr 7, 2019
I am sorry to hear of your mom's passing. The neighborhood has changed yet again. Prayers.
Sandi and Mick O’Brien - Apr 7, 2019
Shelly, Susan and Family. So sorry for your loss. Shirley was fun to work with at Donnelley’s. God Bless
Jude Chapman - Apr 7, 2019
Thoughts and prayers to the Holmes family during this sad time.
Maggie Barnett - Apr 7, 2019
Our sympathy and prayers for all of you!
Bev Ganni - Apr 7, 2019
Shirley’s family, Blessings and prayers being sent to you in your time of sorrow. Keep your precious memories in your hearts! God bless