Mayme Blanche (Foster) Holmes is buried in Salem Cemetery Lot No.
25/7 with her father-in-law and mother-in-law, William Hamilton and
Phoebe (Arnold) Holmes, and her sister-in-law and brother-in-law,
Laburna A. (Holmes) and William J. Campbell. There is a large family
stone inscribed "Holmes" south of her grave, suggesting her husband
intended to be buried there as well. The inscription on Mayme's smaller
headstone reads, "Mayme Blanche Holmes, 1892-1922."
"Mrs. Geo. A. Holmes
"Mamie (sic) Blanche, daughter of Charles E. and Clara Foster, was born
in Lucas county, Iowa, where her entire life has been spent, on September
14, 1892, and departed this life at the home of her parents in Chariton at
3 a.m. on December 25, 1922, at the age of 30 years, 3 months and 11 days.
She had not been in the best of health during the summer but her
condition had not been considered serious. Two weeks ago she came into
Chariton to be with her mother and to receive medical care. Her trouble
did not seem to yield to the treatment, as she kept growing gradually worse
until at last an operation was decided upon, to which she submitted on
Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock. She regained consciousness after this and
conversed with different members of the family, seemingly most hopeful
though she suffered intense pain at intervals. At 10:30 p.m. she passed into
a stupor, from which she never rallied, the spirit taking its flight at 3 o'clock
"On April 22, 1912, at Red Oak, Iowa, she was married to George Albert
Holmes, who survives her, there being no children born to this union. She also
leaves her parents, three brothers and three sisters, Mrs. Bessie Kenney,
of Purdy, Iowa; Mrs. Ruth Grant and Fern Foster of Des Moines; Bryan, of
Valley Junction; Don, a student at Des Moines University; and Emmet,
of the home, besides numerous other relatives and friends.
"The deceased united with the M.E. church in early girlhood and has always
maintained her affiliation with that church. She was of a happy
disposition, invariably cheerful herself and constantly intent upon imparting
cheer to others. She was united in her devotion to her husband and home
and always allowed her interest to reach out in loving helpfulness to her
mother and brothers and sisters. Though her years of usefulness seem
short she has left a place in the hearts and lives of her loved ones that can
never be filled and the memory of her kindly spirit will ever leave its
imprint upon them.
"Funeral services, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Frank Bean, were held
at the M.E. church on Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock, after which
the remains were laid to rest in the Salem cemetery. The sympathy of the
entire community is extended to the bereaved ones."
The Chariton Herald-Patriot
28 December 1922
Note: Mayme's husband, George Albert Holmes, was born
21 August 1890 in Benton Township, Lucas County. At the
time of his father's death, on 18 March 1948, he was a
resident of Harlingen, Texas.