Jane's Story

PLYMOUTH - Jane Elizabeth (Libby) Holmes 79 passed peacefully in her sleep March 14, 2015.

She was born in Hyannis Massachusetts the daughter of Charles A. and Grace (Anderson) Libby.

She was predeceased by her younger brother David Libby and younger sister Cynthia Libby.

She is survived by her husband David Joseph Holmes of Plymouth, her older brother John Libby of New Woodstock, N.Y. , four children Ronda J Kopra of Nashville, Tenn., John D. Holmes Bottero of Nobleboro, Me, David J Holmes Jr. of Plymouth, and Deanne J. Nomura of Glenburn, GA, 12 grandchildren, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Jane, was accomplished in countless events and activities in her life. Daughter of Charles and Grace she was a farm girl and fisherman's daughter on Cape Cod with her family. She was married to Renato Bottero in the fifties and had two children and then to David Holmes in 1962 and had two more children. They moved to Plymouth Maine in 1968 the wife of sculptor David. She supported his sculpting while raising the family of four. She had been employed by CETA in the 70's and assisted in many community events. The re-enactment Benedict Arnolds March to take Quebec in 1975 she filled in as one of three cooks to feed the troops when there was an accident to the head cook. Maine Stone Workers Guild was one part of her efforts in the arts. She was ambassador of Plymouth Maine as she toured the Plymouths of the world representing our town and state. She found great peace and enjoyment with husband David as they toured and sculpted in New Zealand for many years in the 90's onward. Creating links and teaching the local artists there, they both worked hard to facilitate stone working and design technique.

In the early 90's she represented the Maine Arts as she sailed on the Maine Maritime Ship on their cruise to Europe and Russia with exhibits. She loved the trip and met a great many people. She was a people person and enjoyed talking and helping to a fault.

She and her husband, David participated in many community bands over the years as she loved to play the bells and marimba They played in the Dover Community Band, the Circus Band in Bucksport, Sebasticook Community Band and more.

Jane owns the rights to the Maine State Tartan and Tweed. She was very proud to furnish the Maine State Police Pipe and Drummers the Tartan for their Uniforms.

She loved to garden and enjoyed her flowers to the end. She was an avid lover of frogs and turtles, as they adorned her jewelry.

As a CNA she assisted the elderly and worked with Eastern Agency on the Aging providing in home services.

In the past few weeks of her life she was adamant about bringing the Poem "A Crabbit Old Woman" to the aides and workers in the home she was going to. She wanted to facilitate honor and respect for the elderly with a poetic touch. She wrote many poems in her life; her final one to David Jr, a day before her passing.

Celebration of life service will be announced at a time and date in the spring, at a place so all who knew her and worked with her can meet and say good bye in the time she loved the most. Spring! Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Brown Funeral Home and cremation Service Center 34 High St. Newport, Me. To sign an online guest book and leave written condolences please visit: www.PhilipBrownFuneralHome.com
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