Marie Hawk Holmes, 83, passed away Sunday, August 28, 2011, at the Johnson City Medical Center.
She was born Mabel Marie Hawk, March 14, 1928, in Cocke County, TN, to the late Luther Ray Hawk and Mabel Cureton Hawk.
Marie married Howard Hicks Holmes on December 7, 1954. Howard preceded her in death on February 19, 2009.
Survivors include sons, Steve Holmes and his wife, Brenda, and Luther Hawk “Luke” Holmes, all of Jonesborough; daughter, Lisa Holmes Kleven and her husband, Jeff ,of Johnson City; Grandchildren, Chelsea Holmes, Michael Kleven and wife Kim, Matthew and Kathryn Kleven. She was also proud to be “Mimi” to her three special “adopted” grandchildren, Ben Cole, Becca Cole Brown and Bethany Cole Russell; and step-grandson Ashley Martin. Sister-in-laws Anna Holmes Walls and Mary Holmes, brother-in-law Harry Purdy, and several nieces and nephews also survive her.
Mrs. Holmes was a graduate of Science Hill High School, and loved planning and attending class reunions. She spent her early adult years as a nurse, both in Chattanooga and Johnson City, and even helped Dr. Preas in several home births in the Johnson City area.
Mrs. Holmes spent many years playing “Mama” in various roles, including Cub Scouts as a den mother, and chaperoning all three of her children on band trips in junior high and in the Science Hill Band. She loved being “Mimi” and doing things with and for her grandchildren.
In her healthier years, Marie loved to attend church. In the 1960s she taught youth at Clark Street Baptist Church. In later years she was a member of the Esther Sunday Sunday School Class at Central Baptist Church in Johnson City.
When her health and eyesight made it too difficult to go places, she often visited by phone with her friends and family, including dear friends, Bill and Inez Warfield. Marie worked several places in her adult years, including H & R Block, Aluminum and Glass on King Street, The Book Rack and the U.S. Census Bureau.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, September 8, 2011, at Morris-Baker Funeral Home from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
A memorial service will be conducted at 8:00 p.m. under the direction of Rev. R. Willard Warfield, music will be provided by Sal Cicerello.
A special thanks to the staff of Four Oaks Nursing Home for the loving care given to our mother for the last three months.
For those who wish, memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10004; or American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
Online condolences are available at: www.morrisbaker.com.
Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2001 E. Oakland Avenue, Johnson City, TN 37601 is serving the Holmes family. (423) 282-1521