Ruth H. Holmes

August 18, 1916 - February 21, 2020

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A Graveside Service will be held later in the spring at Joy Cemetery in Clinton.

Our beloved matriarch, Ruth H. Holmes, formally of Shawmut Maine passed away on February 21, 2020. Ruth was the daughter of Raymond and Nettie Holt.  She graduated from Clinton High School.  She was predeceased by her loving husband of 58 years, Capt. Arthur Holmes, her beloved granddaughter Stacy, her sister Marjorie and husband Harvey McGuire, and their daughter, Diana Seaward; and her two sons in law; Frank Tarazewich and Don Bornstein.  Remembered with great love by her daughters, Judith Tarazewich of East Waterboro, Maine; Sue Bornstein of Sun City Center, Florida; and grandchildren: Kelly Tarazewich MacFadyen and husband Dan of Greenville, Maine; Eric Bornstein and wife Kelly of Apollo Beach, Florida; Andrew Bornstein and wife Shannon of Apollo Beach, Florida; Jennifer Bornstein Mancino and husband Joseph of Manalapan, New Jersey; Christopher Tarazewich and partner Ashley Whittaker of Waterboro, Maine; and great grandchildren: Trevor McVey, Troy McVey, Carly Kittering, Summer Bornstein, Connor Bornstein, Trajdan MacFadyen, Brooke Bornstein, Hannah Tarazewich, Alex Mancino, Stacy Mancino and Rosina Tarazewich;  nephew, Paul McGuire and many cousins.

Over a life span of 103 years, Ruth experienced many decades of change. She went from traveling to school by horse drawn wagon in Canaan, Maine to being at Cape Canaveral, Florida observing space shuttle launches.

Ruth contributed to her community by attending and participating in fundraising activities at the Shawmut Community Chapel. She was a scout leader, president of the Lawrence high school music boosters club and a member and officer of the Rebekah Lodge in Fairfield, Maine.

Ruth was an avid traveler. She enjoyed traveling to Europe, Hawaii, across the United States several times and to Canada.

Ruth took pride in her beautiful rose gardens and baking raspberry pies from her raspberry patch for her grandchildren. The grandchildren have fond memories of spending their summers with her in Shawmut, Maine and spring breaks at her winter home in Florida.

She will be greatly missed by all who know and loved her. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy at: or mail to: Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, P.O. Box 14380 Washington, D.C. 20044

The Autumn Green Funeral Home is respectfully handling arrangements.


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