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Mary Ellen Holmes

January 20, 1944 April 12, 2018
Mary Ellen Holmes
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Peoria- Mary Ellen Holmes, age 74, of Peoria, passed away at 11:52 PM on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.

Being one of 10 children from a large Irish family, Mary was born January 20, 1944 in Chicago, she was a daughter to Alfred and Evelyn (Beddow) Dougherty. On May 31, 1985 she married Michael Holmes in Peoria. He survives. Mary worked as and Administrative Secretary at Brewers Distributing for 22 years until her retirement in 2006. She later worked for a short period on time in the Cafeteria at Peoria Notre Dame. Mary enjoyed her fishing trips with her husband and family to Minnesota each year, and the periodic luncheons she would have with her friends each month. She truly loved her four legged companions Sammy and Bear, but her favorite past time was spending time with her family especially the grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband Michael Holmes of Peoria; two children: Patrick (Nicole) O’Neill and Joe (Kathleen) O’Neill both of Peoria; three grandchildren: Courtney (Brian) Hennessey, Keegan and Kellen O’Neill; two great-grandchildren: Joseph and John Hennessey; three brothers: Jack (Sally) Dougherty of Peoria, Tim Dougherty of Dunlap, Al Dougherty of Peoria; four sisters: Carol (Cleo) Steiner of Peoria, Kathy (Vern) Garretts of Princeville, Bonnie (Judd) Heiple of East Peoria, and Bridget (Max) Schlafley of Peoria; as well as, several nieces and nephews.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents, one brother Michael Dougherty, and one sister, Patricia Dougherty.

A private funeral service has been held and cremation rights were accorded following services.

Memorials in Mary’s name may be made to St. Jude Midwest Affiliate or the American Alzheimer’s Association.

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