• Helen M. Holmes
    October 24,2013
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    Helen M. Holmes

    TOWNSHEND — Helen May Holmes, 59, a resident of Plumb Road in Townshend, passed away in Winhall, Vermont, on September 6, 2013.

    Helen was born in Bellows Falls, Vermont, on March 1, 1954, the daughter of Herbert and the late Lois (Kezer) Holmes. She received her Associate Degree from Greenfield Community College.

    Helen worked as a Registered Nurse at Grace Cottage Hospital in Townshend for nine years.

    She was an accomplished horse trainer and carriage driver, and she especially loved teaching children how to ride. She and her husband Steven were very passionate about rescuing animals, especially horses and dogs. It was a cause she cared deeply about.

    Helen was an avid photographer and creative writer. She loved writing poems, short stories and essays, and had an amazing way of capturing her thoughts and surroundings with a descriptive, lyrical narrative that was enjoyed by many. She loved nature, her dogs, horses, cats and other animals.

    Helen is survived by her husband, Steven St. Peter of Townshend, whom she married in March 2010; her daughters, Chelsea Allard of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Tracy Allard of Townshend; her former husband, Dennis Allard of Springfield; her father, Herbert Holmes of Barre, Massachusetts; brothers Bill Holmes of Barre, Massachusetts, David Holmes of Whitinsville, Massachusetts, and Edward Holmes of Acton, Massachusetts; five grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

    Funeral services for Helen will be held at the Newfane Congregational Church in Newfane, Vermont, at 2 p.m. on November 17th. There will be a reception following the service at the Newfane Firehouse Hall. Interment will be private. There are no visiting hours.

    If friends desire, memorial gifts in Helen’s memory may be made to the Windham County Humane Society or Gerda’s Animal Aid, c/o Brewster & Shea Funeral Service, P.O. Box 885, Manchester Center, VT 05255. To send the family personal email condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com.

    The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Brewster & Shea Funeral Service, 34 Park Place, Manchester Center, Vermont.
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