Maurine Louise Holmes, age 99, passed away on January 29, 2021. She is survived by her children John R. (Nancy Weber) Holmes, Kenneth S. Holmes, and Mary Jo Holmes; niece Mary Clare Ageton, nephews Richard Ageton and Don Ageton, and others. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Robert S. (Bob) Holmes (1997), her mother, Mabel Clare (Elder) Bane (1978), her father, Harvey John Bane (1962) and her six brothers and sisters, Orpha, John, Fleta, Chauncey, Opal, and Joybelle. Maurine was born on July 15, 1921 in Chicago, IL to parents Harvey and Mabel Bane. Her father was a Methodist minister and she grew up in various areas of the Midwest. She attended Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, where she earned a teaching degree. She had a copy of her first teaching contract in 1943, showing a salary $1200 per year. She met her future husband Bob in San Antonio, TX during WWII and they were married there on January 12, 1945. They had three children, John, Ken, and Mary Jo. Maurine was a loving and devoted professional housewife while Bob acquired a succession of better jobs in transportation-related businesses. They raised their family in Washington D.C., New Haven CN, and Huntingdon, PA before settling in Pittsburgh, PA until Bob retired (the first time). Afterwards they resided in Stamford, CN and Hilton Head, SC. When Bob passed away (1997), Maurine remained in Hilton Head until 2005, and then moved to Columbus, OH to be near daughter Mary Jo. She resided at The Forum at Knightsbridge senior home from 2005. Maurine and Bob were lifelong Bridge players, a practice she continued at The Forum. She was a voracious reader. Danielle Steele was a favorite author in her later years though she could be seen reading Nicholas Sparks too. Maurine loved her children dearly and looked forward to the annual gathering at Christmas, the exchange of gifts, and the traditional, home-cooked, Holmes Christmas dinner. Her children will attest that Maurine was an outstanding cook. Maurine and Bob loved to travel and visited from Hawaii to London and many points between. They took the children on many vacations around the U.S. when they were growing up. Maurine was an avid sports spectator in her later years and a phone call from her children would often find Maurine watching a game. As noted she loved to cook, read, and play bridge. Her children feel blessed to have had her for their mother and they never wanted for anything. Always in good spirits, with determination and energy we can only admire, she lived her life to the fullest and will be deeply missed. Interment will be a private ceremony in Columbus, OH. Donations are not requested.
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