Evelyne Holmes

Evelyne S. Holmes (Stewart)

Monday, August 20th, 1917 - Monday, October 12th, 2020
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Evelyne Stewart Holmes’ (103) long and joyous life came to fulfillment on Monday, October 12, 2020. Born August 20, 1917 in Darlington, Indiana, she was the sixth of seven children, and the youngest daughter of Walter and Cordelia (Lough) Stewart. She is preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Chester Walmsley Holmes.

For no apparent reason, she seemed proud of her children who all reside in the greater Dayton area. Alison Roberts, Jim (Melinda) Holmes, Tom (Barb, deceased) Holmes and Rick (Vickie) Holmes. Each generation of grandchildren and great grandchildren brought her someone new to shower her love upon. She has 9 grandchildren: Ann Roberts, Randy (Michele) Roberts, Traci (Todd) Tuttle, Molly (Todd) Girolamo, Leslie Backus, Sara (Ryan) Klekar, Amy Hillman, Alex (Hanna) Holmes and Tim (Allie) Holmes. She enjoyed her 19 great and great-great grandchildren plus one expected in November.

She is also survived by several nieces and nephews – many who claim she raised them.

She was an active member of Shiloh United Church of Christ for 65 years, annoying several Sr Pastors and possibly the Good Lord. She frequently played piano at Sunday services, funerals, and her greatest love, the Children’s Choir. She was a recipient of the Shiloh Service Award.

She worked for many years as Executive Assistant to the President of The Lion Group (formerly Lion Uniform) in Vandalia. Upon her retirement, she stayed active as a volunteer at Shiloh House Adult Day Care and Samaritan North. She was honored by Goodwill Easter Seals as Volunteer of the Year.

We are all grateful that we are blessed to have her as Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Friend.

A Celebration of Life led by Pastor Jay McMillen will be held 2 PM, Sunday, November 1, 2020, at Shiloh Church, UCC, 5300 Philadelphia Dr. at N. Main St., Dayton 45415. The family will receive friends at 1:30 PM until the time of the service. There will be safety protocols including mandatory masking and social distancing required as it would be the family’s wish to keep all safe and healthy. The service will be streamed at In lieu of flowers, Evelyne requested contributions be made to Shiloh Church UCC,

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Pam Hall

Posted at 04:38pm
Oh Evelyne- you made me smile so many times when I needed it the most. Knowing you thru Friendship Village was an honor to call you friend. I loved your sense of humor and wit adorned by that smile that just warmed the room. I looked forward to seeing you in the hallway or coffee shop because you brightened my day. I could always count on you to come up with something mischievous. When when of your Pastors was in the rehab unit and we were having cruise ship week in Independent Living you suggested we wake him to join us for the midnight buffet- we did and he joined us and we all had a wonderful time. My sincere condolences to your wonderful, attentive, and loving family. May God comfort them.
You were a gem that I will always remember with a smile.
Pam Hall

Mona Hobson

Posted at 05:44pm
The first line of the obituary says it all. Evelyne lived a long and joyous life, and we all are better people for having her as part of our lives. Two things I particularly remember are the Christmas dinners she had for Neighborhood Network and her love of the children as she taught the young ones to sing.

Mona Hobson

Irene Gilleland

Posted at 05:15pm
Am sure many of us remember that Evelyne celebrated her birthday as a birthday month. What a great lady!! Certainly an inspiration for all of us. My deepest sympathy to the family. Sincerely, Irene Gilleland

Carolyn Woollen Tucker

Posted at 12:17am
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