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Mary Lou (Mirts) Holmes

October 28, 1945 ~ September 26, 2019 (age 73)


Mary Lou Holmes, 73, of Shenandoah, entered into rest on Thursday morning, September 26, 2019 at Nebraska Medicine - Omaha.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 30, 2019 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Shenandoah with Pastor Kurt Hoover officiating.  Burial will be in Shenandoah's Rose Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 29, 2019 at the Nishna Valley Funeral Home in Shenandoah.

Memorials: Emmanuel Lutheran Church or DaVita Shenandoah Dialysis

Mary Lou Holmes, was born on October 28, 1945 in Red Oak, Iowa, the only girl of five children of Joseph Curtly and Helen Frances (Allender) Mirts.  She grew up on a farm near Coburg, Iowa, attended school in Coburg through the 8th grade, and was a graduate from the Red Oak High School.

Mary Lou and Wayne Clifford Holmes were united in marriage on February 11, 1967 at the United Methodist Church in Red Oak.  They were blessed with two sons, Brian and Mark.

Mary Lou was a busy mother and farm wife who helped with field work and livestock, raising cattle, hogs, and sheep. She also helped her sons with their 4-H projects.

Mary Lou was a member of the Norwich Social Hour and Emmanuel Lutheran Church where she volunteered to organize weddings held at the church.  She enjoyed gardening, reading, play cards, especially bridge, and traveling. For 30 years, Mary Lou and Wayne avoided most of the Iowa snow and ice by spending the winter months in Apache Junction, Arizona. They enjoyed a trip to Alaska and traveling with Niehart Tours, visiting Sweden, Norway, and Denmark.  Mary Lou was a wonderful daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, and a good friend to all who knew her.

Mary Lou passed away on September 26, 2019 at Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, at the age of 73 years, 10 months, and 28 days.  She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Gordon, Kenneth, and Glen Mirts; brother-in-law Robert Holmes; and sisters-in-law, Jeanette Mirts and Helen Holmes.

Mary Lou is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, Wayne Holmes of Shenandoah, IA; sons, Brian Holmes and wife Lisa of Shenandoah, and Mark Holmes and wife Sarah of Des Moines, IA; 5 grandchildren, Brianna, Adrianna and Evan Holmes of Shenandoah, and Gavin and Carson Holmes of Des Moines; brother Gene Mirts and wife Beverly of Red Oak; brother-in-law Gene Holmes of Shenandoah; sister-in-law Marilyn Holmes of Shenandoah; extended relatives; and a host of special friends.

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September 29, 2019

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Nishna Valley Funeral and Cremation Service (Shenandoah)

Funeral Service
September 30, 2019

10:30 AM
Emmanuel Lutheran Church (Shenandoah)

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