Margaret J. 'Jo' (McKeown) Holmes

Margaret J. “Jo” (McKeown) Holmes, of Avon, passed away surrounded by loving family on March 21, 2018 at the age of 81. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Jo was raised and educated in Finglas, Ireland. She had been a resident of Avon for 50 years. She was a faithful parishioner for 50 years of St. Michael’s Church where she also taught CCD and worked for Avon housing for 25 years. Jo enjoyed gardening, knitting, and spending time at her beach house. She was devoted to her family and grandchildren.

Beloved wife of the late Francis Dermot Holmes. Loving mother of Charles Holmes and his wife Andrea of Braintree, John Holmes and his wife Mary of Norwood, Laura Holmes of Bellingham, and Brian Holmes and his wife Michele of Stoughton. Dear sister of Una Scully, Teresa Hoey, Mary Finnegan, Collette O’Brien, Seamus McKeown, Sean McKeown, and the late Patrick, Micheál, Joseph, Gerard, and Phillip McKeown. Also survived by 11 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral from the Hurley Funeral Home, 134 So. Main St. (Rt. 28), Randolph on Saturday March 24th at 8:15am followed by a funeral mass at St. Michael’s Church, Avon at 9am. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend. Visiting hours Friday, March 23rd from 4-8pm. Interment St. Michael’s Cemetery, Avon.

Guestbook


First Name: Irene
Last Name: Mc Keown
City: New Ross co wexford
State: AL
Country: Ireland
Entry Date: 03/22/2018

Thank you Jo for all the kindnesses you bestowed on us over the years. I will always remember my first big trip to Boston and how good you were to me you made me feel so special. Thanks for all the visits home to Ireland over the years we loved all the stories and having that special time to share in your life. You had an amazing kind heart that reached out to so many of us and we will not forget all the memories. I pray that you will be very happy on your next part of life's journey may your soul find peace . Love always Irene and family


First Name: MARIA
Last Name: FINNEGAN
City: dublin
State: AL
Country: ireland
Entry Date: 03/22/2018

My dear aunt jo.You were a very special lady with a big heart.You done so much for others all your life and looked for nothing in return.You gave me my start in america as you done for so many of your nieces and nephews and for this we all owe you so much.You welcomed us with open arms and treated us like one of your own.We are all so saddened at your passing but you are now free from suffering and once again you are back in the arms of the angels.Rest well my aunt.You will always be in our prayers and never forgotten..Maria Finnegan


First Name: Sister Gerard Marie.
Last Name:
City: Enfield
State: CT
Country: USA
Entry Date: 03/22/2018

Be sure of my prayers for all of you! Your dear Mother was an example of great love and devotedness-- and her great Faith. May she now enjoy her reward in heaven.. I am sure that she will not forget you all from her home in heaven. I will always remember her kindness to us to me and all the Sisters when we had the joy of sharing her cottage... Bless her-- and all of you.
Sister Gerard Marie, l.s.p.


First Name: Theresa
Last Name: Leary
City: Northampton
State: MA
Country: United States
Entry Date: 03/22/2018

God bless Jo. She was the nicest neighbor when I was growing up and my mother's dearest friend. She is well loved by my whole family. My condolences to Charlie, Laura, John and Brian and their families, as well as to all of her sisters and brothers from Ireland. ~Terry


First Name: Paul and Gerilyn
Last Name: Bielakiewicz
City: Wakefield
State: MA
Country: USofA
Entry Date: 03/22/2018

With deepest sympathies to my cousins their spouses and children...and all whose lives my dear Aunt Jo touched- a Gaelic blessing:
Those we love don’t go away,
They walk beside us- every day!
Unseen, unheard...but always near;
Still Loved, still Missed, and Very Dear.


First Name: Mary
Last Name: Finnegan
City: dublin
State: AL
Country: Ireland
Entry Date: 03/22/2018

In loving memory of my darling sister Josephine.Although you are far away you have never been far from my thoughts and my heart.You will always be in my prayers,love forever from your loving sister Mary Finnegan,Arthur and family.


First Name: Krisanne
Last Name: Sheedy
City: Easton
State: MA
Country: Us
Entry Date: 03/22/2018

I am deeply saddened that Jo has passed. I had the honor of working with her at the Avon Housing Authority where she faithfully and masterfully accomplished so much for so many. She was the epitome of the phrase “salt of the earth “. She was a joy to work with and be with. I learned so much from her , her people skills, her compassion and caring, her ability to impart practicalities and worldly wisdoms. She loved her children and grandchildren deeply and treasured Dermit. She was a beautiful woman , inside and out. Jo was a joy and a peach.


First Name: Donna and Arthur
Last Name: Pugsley
City: Rockland
State: MA
Country: USA
Entry Date: 03/23/2018

So sorry for your loss, your Mom was a sweet lady with a quick Irish wit. I enjoyed many conversations with her at your family parties, you will miss her, but she will always be by your side watching over you in a different way.


First Name: MAVIS
Last Name: HAWKINS
City: STOUGHTON
State: MA
Country: USA
Entry Date: 03/23/2018

THE HOLMES FAMILY WERE MY NEIGHBORS FOR 17 YEARS, JO AND DERMOT WERE THE NICEST PEOPLE ANYONE COULD HAVE FOR NEIGHBORS. HEAVEN HAS CERTAINLY GOT A TRUE ANGEL!! MY DAUGHTER AND I VISTED HER IN NOVEMBER @ THE NURSING HOME AND THE TWINKLE IN HER EYES SAID IT ALL. WE LOVE YOU JO HOLMES. THE HAWKINS FAMILY!!!!


First Name: MARY
Last Name: FINNEGAN
City: dublin
State: AL
Country: IRELAND
Entry Date: 03/23/2018

In loving memory of my darling sister Josephine.Although you are far away you have never been far from my thoughts and my heart.You will always be in my prayers,love forever from your loving sister Mary,Arthur and family.


First Name: Barbara
Last Name: Stewart
City: Middleborough
State: MA
Country: USA
Entry Date: 03/23/2018

We are so deeply sorry to hear of Jo’s passing. Keeping all of Jo’s family in our thoughts and prayers and sending our sincere and heartfelt sympathy. May you find solace in the knowledge that she was so beloved as a kind and thoughtful neighbor.


First Name: Peter
Last Name: Brown
City: Stoughton
State: MA
Country: United States
Entry Date: 03/23/2018

May I offer my sincerest condolences on the passing of Mrs. Holmes, loving mom of my dear friend Brian. May the good Lord open His arms and greet your mom with the warmest reception. May God bless your mom and your entire family during these sadden times. May you all find peace and comfort knowing that your mom is now at home with our Lord. God bless, The Brown Family.


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