Dimple Daisy Holmes
Born August 22, 1928
Departed this life heaven bound December 17, 2020
At the age of 92 & 4 months.
Dimple is preceded in death by her parents and three siblings.
She was blessed to have two good men in her life. The first love lasted 33 years to John W. (J.W.) Shipley. Dimple’s only daughter, Carolyn was born to Dimple & J.W. He was taken by cancer in 1978. They lived most of their married life in the Dallas, Tyler and Corsicana areas of Texas.
A few years later in 1981, Don Holmes came into her life. Dimple and Don were married almost 25 years when he died suddenly in early 2006. They lived their married life in the Mineola Texas area. Dimple loved to bake cakes for friends and others in the community.
Dimple has two grandchildren by Carolyn & Merle Holston. A granddaughter, Susan and husband Shawn Tobin live in Mesquite, Texas. Her grandson David and his wife Lucinda live in Yukon, OK, with her great grandsons Luke and Joshua Holston.
Dimple once worked at a meat packing company making wieners. She also did manufacturing assembly-line work for many years, but her favorite work was a live-in-home caregiver to an elderly couple who adored her!
Dimple was the youngest child of four siblings born to her sharecropper parents. She did not like pulling cotton or picking cucumbers and always tried to get out of the chore when possible. She was her daddy’s favorite! He died when she was very young and his death greatly impacted her life.
Every life has its share of joy and sorrow and her life was no different. But with the bad always came the good and the blessings far outweighed the burdens!
You could always tell when she felt good because a big smile would be on her face. She was known to tease & try her best to irritate you.
Dimple began showing a few signs of dementia in 2011, so in January 2012, she became a resident of Cambridge Court Assisted Living, Mesquite, Texas. One day a dear saint several years older moved next door. It was an instant, deep friendship. This friendship carried over into home visits, celebrated birthdays together, took pictures together, cried together -- sharing their hearts in ways that only came once in a lifetime! Both of their daughters stood by weeping as they said their last good-byes.
However, in 2014 she was moved to their Memory Care Unit where she continued to make an impact on her world. In the beginning medical staff were puzzled about why Dimple would involve herself in the crisis of the other residents, but when they found out she had a heart for the hurting, they accepted it as that, and allowed her to do her thing!
She would visit residents who were feeling bad, sometimes sitting for hours at their bedside stroking their hand, or encouraging them to eat when they were unable to come to the dining hall.
Once there was a resident in Memory Care who had seizures. Most of the other residents would stay clear, but Dimple was known to reach for her arm or hand, stroking it and saying “it’s okay, help is coming!”
The last few years of advanced dementia, Dimple was wheel chair bound for her safety, however, her mind still thought she could walk whenever she pleased! One particular aide knew her tendency to get out of that chair, so she would assist her daily to get up, walk a few steps until she got tired, and sit her back in the chair safely! This same aide knew Dimple loved fruit loops cereal so she kept it available for a snack or a meal!
Dimple was never so bold to talk scripture to anyone about their relationship with the LORD, but she had a way to share what God had done for her and how she “knew” that eternal life was her final destination.
Dimple gave her life to Christ and lived knowing she had eternity waiting when this life ended. She was a Baptist and enjoyed singing alto to many of her favorite songs. Even after advanced dementia, she could still sing the words to “Love Lifted Me” and “Kneel at the Cross”. The hospice chaplain shared that she had quoted Psalm 23 along with him.
Dimple loved God and she loved her family. She served and helped others the best she was able. She’s not struggling in this world anymore. Her family and extended family were blessed to be a part of her life to the very end.