Nancy Holmes

Nancy Bower Holmes

1927 - 2019

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Obituary of Nancy Bower Holmes

Nancy Holmes, 92, died August 14, 2019 at home in Iowa City due to complications from a long and happy life.  Arrangements are through Gay and Ciha Funeral and Cremation Services.

Nancy Bower Holmes was born June 7, 1927, in Evanston Illinois, the daughter of Lahman Van Hennigar Bower and Helen Marie Cumming.  Her family moved to Cedar Rapids in 1942 where she attended Franklin High School.  She graduated from Mount Holyoke College.  Nancy married James Theodore Holmes on June 23, 1951 in Winnetka.  Nancy and Jim made their home in Cedar Rapids until 1989, when they moved to Iowa City.  Jim died in 2014.

Nancy is survived by her four children, Stewart of Snowmass Colorado, Bill (Michelle) of Westcliffe Colorado, Josie of Iowa City, and Jim (Jill) of Cedar Rapids; eight grandchildren, Michael Holmes of Aspen, Matt Holmes (Emily Lutzke) of Austin Texas, James Holmes of Westcliffe, Macaela Holmes-Fuller (James) of Broomfield Colorado, Lindsay Kaiser (Travis) of Waverly, Ted Schmidt (Lauren Shoup) of North Liberty, Tom Holmes (Leah Eby) of Minneapolis, and Pete Holmes of Madison; and 4 wonderful great-grandchildren.  Also surviving are her nephew, David Bower (Leslie) of Maine and her niece Helen Bower also of Maine.  Her older brother, John Bower, died in 2010. 

There will be a private family service at Oak Hill Cemetery in Cedar Rapids.  Please visit with the family and enjoy some ice cream at Dan and Debbie’s Creamery in Ely (Main and Traer Streets) on Tuesday August 20 from 4 to 6:30 pm. 


Gathering for Family and Friends & Ice Cream

4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Dan and Debbie's Creamery
1600 Main Street
Ely, Iowa, United States