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Phyllis Holmes

Graveside services for Phyllis Sybil (Hooper) Holmes of Rough and Ready will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 24, at the Rough and Ready Cemetery.

Mrs. Holmes died Friday, Sept. 10, in Grass Valley. She was 86.

She was born Nov. 30, 1917, on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, to Hugh F.S. and Ethel M. (Kingsford) Hooper. She moved to the U.S. with her family shortly after her birth. Settling in Long Beach, she earned her bachelor of arts degree in Education from Whittier College and spent the post-war years teaching in California, Hawaii and Japan. In 1951, she earned her master’s degree in education from UCLA, and in 1956 she married Thomas P. Holmes and returned to Canada, where she continued teaching special education in Victoria, B.C. She retired to Duncan and later Nanaimo, British Columbia, until the death of her husband in 1997, and moved to Rough and Ready to be near her sister and brother-in-law, Ethel and Jerry Ashcraft.

She is survived by her nephews Gary Ashcraft of Austin, Texas, Chris Ashcraft of Angel Fire, N.M., Craig Ashcraft of Rough and Ready and Edward Hooper of Canada; nieces Marcia Toby of Carmichael, Lynne Ledbetter of Riverside, and Jean Toby of Canada. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas; and siblings Grace Minnie Hooper, Rupert Hooper, Loran (Hooper) Willard, and Ethel (Hooper) Ashcraft.

Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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