Frances Cora Holmes, 78, passed away peacefully after a long illness Dec. 11, 2012, at a Bangor health care facility. She was born May 1, 1934, in Danforth, the daughter of George and Frances (Munsey) Cropley
Frances was raised in Danforth. Education was important to her and she returned to high school to take night classes and earn her diploma. Growing up in Maine she acquired a hard work ethic and a determination to take on any challenge. Frances worked at Gay’s Shop-N-Save, Machias, as a cashier and bookkeeper for many years. She was also very intelligent and worked for a number of years for Machias Savings Bank as a loan officer. With her hard work ethic she could commonly be found raking blueberries in the summer or making wreaths in the winter. She also had a crafty side, enjoying sewing and crochet. She had many wonderful memories of traveling across the United States and Alaska with her husband, Clayton. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Deborah Dorr and husband, Leon, of Orrington and Clayton Holmes Jr. of Bangor; siblings, Rhoda Veysey of Houlton, Georgia Mailman and husband, Dellie, of Houlton, Dola Austin and husband, Jake, of Orono, Ralph Cropley and wife, Cheryl, of New York, Walter Cropley and wife, Rachel, of South Carolina; grandchildren, Stephen Allan, Heather Rickman and husband, Joe; stepgrandson, Leon Dorr II; great-grandchildren, Duncan Allan, Lorelai Allan, Gage Rickman; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her loving husband, Clayton Holmes Sr.; and siblings, Don, Erwin, Bertha, Rachel and Gertie.
A service of remembrance will be held 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at the Brewer Chapel of Brookings-Smith, 55 S. Main St., Brewer. Interment will be at Jacksonville Cemetery at a later date. Gifts in her memory may be made to Westgate Manor, Activities Fund, 50 Union St., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.