Joyce M. “Dodi” Holmes, age 85, of 138 East Fourth Street, Waterford, died unexpectedly on Monday, March 2, 2009 at Hamot Medical Center. Born in Union City on July 19, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Frances Bellinger Smith. She married Harold C. Holmes on March 1, 1942 and she died just one day after celebrating their 67th anniversary.
Holmes, Joyce M. Mrs. Holmes was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved her family very much. She lived all her life in the Waterford area and was employed for 25 years at Elgin Electronics. As a great lover of animals, she enjoyed her pet dogs. She was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church of Waterford.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Harold Smith Jr.
She will be sadly missed by her family, including her beloved husband, Harold; two daughters, Karen “Bunny” McLallen and her husband Robert L. of Phoenix, AZ, and Nancy Burawa and her husband Joseph A. of Waterford; six grandchildren, Harold “Hody” McLallen and wife Debbie, Amy Smith and husband Troy, Eric McLallen and wife Jenifer, Joseph “Jody” Burawa and wife Sue, Andrew Burawa and wife Kim, and Chad Burawa and wife Diane; also, 11 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Van Matre Funeral Home, West First and Walnut Streets, Waterford, on Friday from 2-4 and 7-9pm and may attend the funeral service there on Saturday at 11:00am. Officiating will be Rev. Dennis Fetter of Asbury United Methodist Church and Rev. Duane Pinney of Washington Valley Christian Church. Interment will follow at Waterford Cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to the Humane Society.