Leola M. (Hackbarth) Holmes
Leola M. (Hackbarth) Holmes, 91, of Rowan and formerly of Dows, passed away Friday, March 1, 2019 at her home in rural Rowan.
Funeral services for Leola Holmes will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 11:00 AM at Sovereign Grace Church, 109 North Eskridge Street in Dows with Pastor Doug Holmes officiating. Burial will take place at Graceland Cemetery in Rowan.
Visitation for Leola Holmes will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019 beginning at 9:30 AM and continuing until the time of the funeral at the church in Dows.
Leola Muriel (Hackbarth) Holmes was born August 31, 1927 in Iowa Falls, IA to Lee and Esther (Duesenberg) Hackbarth. Leola spent her early childhood years in Wellsburg where her dad was a superintendent and her mom was an English teacher. In third grade, the family moved to a farm near Dows where she attended school, graduating from Dows High School in the Class of 1945. After high school, she attended Drake University.
Leola was united in marriage to Charles “Chuck” Roger Holmes on June 27, 1948 at the Morgan Methodist Church, rural Dows. To this union, five children were born: Douglas, Sherry, Dennis, Tony, and Terry. The couple made their first home on a farm east of Rowan, and then in 1951 they built a house on a farm southeast of Rowan where they lived until 1997. On the farm, Leola was a gardener and had many flowers. She had a way of making a house feel like a home to her family and everyone who visited. In 1997, the couple moved to Dows. After Charles’ passing in 2014, Leola would return to the family farm in 2016.
Leola’s faith in the Lord Jesus Christ played a central role in her life. She frequently told the story from her childhood of the lamb on the farm that was lost in a blizzard. She convinced her parents that Christ would look for his lost sheep so she should go look for it. She was able to find and rescue the lamb that night. Leola’s childhood church was the Morgan Methodist Church. She accepted Christ as her personal savior in her teenage years and looked to Him and His Holy Word for strength and hope for her entire life. For most of her adult years, she was an active member of the First Congregational Church in Rowan, where she played the organ and piano and taught Sunday School. In later years, she transferred her membership to the Sovereign Grace Church in Dows.
Leola had a deep love for her family and was active in her role as a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed attending athletic activities that everyone was involved in. She took great pride in America and was thankful to live in a free country. This patriotism was in part due to her father serving in World War I, her husband and brother serving in World War II, and her oldest son serving in Vietnam. She worked as a C.N.A. at the Dows Care Center for 27 years. She worked at elections in Dows for many years and volunteered at the Dows Welcome Center. She and Charles earned their Diploma of Bachelor of Square Dancing and enjoyed playing in a card club. She was a member of the Rowan/Dows American Legion Auxiliary and Morgan Study Club.
Leola was preceded in death by her husband Charles, son Terry Lee Holmes, parents Lee and Esther Hackbarth, brother Merrill Lee Hackbarth, son-in-law William Clayton, and great-granddaughter Emma Muriel Olson.
She is survived by her son Doug (Carla) Holmes of Dows, daughter Sherry Clayton of Dows, son Dennis Holmes of rural Dows, and son Tony (Renee) Holmes of rural Dows. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Cydney (Alan) Lovell of Cedar Rapids; Hayley (Kevin) Olson of rural Clarion; Lindey (Jordan) Archer of Cedar Rapids; Logan Holmes of rural Rowan; Justin Arteman of Cedar Falls; Nathaniel Holmes of New Zealand; Caleb Holmes of Dows; Marianela Holmes of Rochester, MN; Alitheia Holmes of Coulter; and Liberty, Joshua, and Henry Holmes of Dows. Her survivors also include 8 great-grandchildren: Jayden, Brody & Charley Lovell of Cedar Rapids; Gracey, Coady, Olyvia & Decker Olson of rural Clarion; Addelyn Clayton of Cedar Rapids; a great-grandchild on the way, sister Mavis Davies of St. Louis, MO and many relatives and friends.