Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Joyce Holmes a tireless volunteer

By Kristina Goetz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Mrs. Holmes

DOWNTOWN - The kitchen table was Joyce Swango Holmes' office.

A tireless volunteer, she worked for countless Greater Cincinnati causes, family members say, with the grace and manner of a true Southern lady. The role she played supporting the city's arts and charities earned her recognition as a former Enquirer Woman of the Year and the key to the city.

"She was a very loving mother and was always attentive to what our needs were," said her son, John L. Holmes of downtown. "She was either on the phone and baking something or baking something and on the phone.

"We are very proud of what she was able to accomplish.''

Mrs. Holmes died Sunday at Jewish Hospital after a brief illness. She was 71.

Mrs. Holmes also is survived by another son, Stephen S. Holmes of Terrace Park; two sisters, Genrose Turner of Maysville, Ky., and LaVerne Ryan of Carrollton, Ky.; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Visitation will be 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service at noon today at Carrollton Christian Church. Burial will be in Ghent Masonic Cemetery in Ghent, Ky. A memorial service also will be 11 a.m. Dec. 4 at Madeira Silverwood Presbyterian Church.

Memorials: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202; Betts House, 416 Clark St., Cincinnati, OH 45203, or Transylvania University, Development Office, 300 N. Broadway, Lexington, KY 40508.


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