Ruth Evelyn Holmes
Our beloved mother, grandmother and friend was called home on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2009, at peace and at home in Yuma. Ruth was born on Feb. 27, 1921, in Dayton, Ohio. She spent most of her life raising her family and working in retail, including owning her own craft shop, before moving to Yuma in the late '70s. Throughout her active life, she was very involved in business and community, holding various officer positions in local volunteer organizations and was even named Business Woman of the Year in her hometown.
Dragged kicking and screaming into retirement by her husband and soulmate, Jim Holmes, Ruth continued to enjoy life and many new adventures in Arizona. While almost single-handedly carving out their little spot in the high mountain desert of Kingman, both she and Jim continued to devote time to others through their volunteer work with the "Pink Ladies" in the Kingman area, where she received the highest award offered by that organization for her efforts and selfless devotion.
Upon Jim's passing, Ruth returned to Yuma where she lived out her remaining years in peace and happiness among family and friends. She was preceded in passing by her parents, Harry and Elsie Leslie; her brother, Ralph "Bud" Leslie; and her husband, Jim Holmes. She is survived by her sister, Marcella Wick of Ohio; her children, Linda Apple of Ohio, Bob Apple of Yuma, Barbara McDowell of Ohio, Bill (Betty) DeNise of Yuma and Rick (Cindy) DeNise of Ohio; 14 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many, many friends who loved her dearly.
A memorial service was held for friends and family at 2 p.m. on Jan. 14, at Johnson Mortuary in Yuma. A private service will be held by family at a later date in Kingman where she will rejoin her husband, Jim, for more of the adventures they so loved to share. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Yuma in memory of Ruth Evelyn Holmes.
Ruth, you always had a laugh and a smile or a simple word of wisdom for everyone you met. You have touched many with your strength, hard work, warm heart and sense of humor. We love you, Mom. We will miss you, Grandma. We thank you, friend. Until we meet again, please travel well.