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Evelyn Holmes

February 9, 1936 — July 25, 2021

                                                                 Obituary Evelyn Holmes 2/9/36 - 7/25/21

Evelyn Marlene Holmes was born in Amelia, NE to Leon and Leone (Bacon) Thompson on February 9, 1936. She passed away peacefully at her home on July 25, 2021.

Most people remember her from her time as a Ward Clerk at Jennie M. Melham Memorial Medical Center.

She graduated as an elementary school teacher from Kearney State Teacher’s College in 1950’s and taught school until she married James J. Holmes from Arcadia, NE on March 28, 1959. They lived on a farm outside if Arcadia for their married life. Jim passed away in 1998. In 2005, Evelyn and her son Dan moved to Broken Bow.

Jim and Evelyn adopted Sandra Holmes in January of 1963 and later adopted Jude Holmes in November of 1967 and Daniel Holmes in December of the same year. Evelyn loved her children more than anything in the world. She had a huge heart and along with Jim, they became foster parents in 1985 and took in high school age children for about 3 years.

While Evelyn was raising her kids, she also ran the Arcadia Guide. When Jude and Dan were still in school, she went back to school and became a Nurse Aide and began nursing at JMMMC. She held a few jobs over the years, including a secretary, a clerk at Gibson’s in Broken Bow, a dispatcher at the Ord Police Department, a Nurse Aid at Rose Lane in Loup City, but she landed back at JMMMC as a Ward Clerk until she retired in January of 2014.

Evelyn was a fantastic cook and was famous for her homemade pizza, cinnamon rolls, pies and kolaches. She was also an avid quilter. She made numerous quilts for many people and until recently, was an active member of Custer’s Last Stitch.

Evelyn was a member of the Methodist Church of Broken Bow and went to church regularly until the pandemic in 2020.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, Leon and Leone Thompson, her husband Jim Holmes and her sister Shirley Griffiths. She leaves behind her children; daughter Sandy (David) Dubbs of Loup City, NE, son Jude (Denae) Holmes of Kingwood, TX and son, Dan Holmes of Broken Bow, NE. Grandchildren; Norman and Joseph Merrill (Sandy’s boys) and LeAire (Jude’s stepdaughter). Great grandchildren; Elijah and Allison Merrill (Norm’s kids), and one on the way (Joe’s). 

Funeral Services will be Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 10:00 am at the Arcadia United Methodist Church in Arcadia, NE with Pastor Phil Sloat. Burial will follow in the Arcadia Cemetery. A visitation will take place on Friday, July 30, 2021, from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm with family greeting 5:00 to 7:00 pm at Govier Brothers Mortuary in Broken Bow. Govier Brothers Mortuary are in charge of arrangements. An online guest book may be signed at


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