West Plains, MO Location (417) 256-4141

Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242


Helen Holmes was born the daughter of Corwin “C.O.” Cates and Lois Cates on Decembeer 16, 1934 in Alton, Missouri and departed this life on November 23, 2020 at the age of 85.

She was married on May 24, 1952 to Billy Holmes.  They were blessed with one son. Billy “Van” Holmes.

She is survived by two grandsons and their wives, Brian and Jeremy Holmes of Mountain View, Arkansas and Eric and Amanda Holmes of Rogersville, Missouri; one daughter-in-law, Judy Boler Holmes of Thayer, Missouri; five great grandchildren, Savanna Holmes of Mountain View, Arkansas; Gavin, Grady, Graycen and Gannon Holmes of Rogersville, Missouri; two step-grandchildren, Michelle Simms and husband Ronnie, and Allen Jones of Thayer, Missouri; and four step-great grandchildren, Dagen Jones, Halo Jones, Austin Simms and Kacey Crase and husband Adam, and their children, Brooks and Brayson

Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Billy; their son, Van; her parents, Corwin and Lois Cates; two brothers, Herman Cates and Hosea Cates; one sister-in-law, Joyce Cates; and one infant sister.

She accepted the Lord as her savior at the age of 15 at the Lula Antioch Church and God blessed her with good health and a long life which she lived to the fullest every day.

Helen worked at Alton Bank for over 48 years.  She made many friends over those years.

 Her greatest pleasures were her grandchildren which she loved more than life itself.  All her great grandchildren were very special, and she enjoyed every minute she got to spend with them.

Helen was a loving grandmother and will truly be missed by her family and many friends.

Graveside services for Helen C. Holmes will be held on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri.

Burial will be on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 in Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer, Missouri.



  1. Brenda Ross
    November 24, 2020 @ 6:34 pm

    I was sorry to hear about Helen. Brian, Eric and families may you find comfort in all of your wonderful memories.


  2. Terri Cotton
    November 24, 2020 @ 6:59 pm

    Words cannot express my sadness at this news. I always felt like Helen was my second mom, especially when I worked with her. She will be missed by many 😢💔


  3. Brenda
    November 25, 2020 @ 8:36 am

    My sincere condolences to Brian, Eric and their beautiful families.


  4. Carolyn Nuwer
    November 25, 2020 @ 8:51 am

    My deepest sympathy to the Holmes family. I knew Helen through Alton Bank. Helen was a lovely person and always had a smile for everyone. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. My prayers are with the family.


  5. Carol Cunningham
    November 25, 2020 @ 11:11 am

    We are so saddened to hear about Helen. She was a very sweet cousin and will be missed by all. She was always such a lovely lady and always smiling. Sending our love to the family.


  6. Beverly Ann Williams
    November 25, 2020 @ 12:38 pm

    Our sympathy to Helen’s family. She was a good neighbor to us. We will miss her.


  7. Melva Hollis Weinerth
    November 26, 2020 @ 3:56 am

    So sorry to hear of Helens passing loved her she was a dear sweet person an will be missed my prayers are with all her family and friends!


  8. Janie King
    November 27, 2020 @ 7:17 pm

    I am so saddened to hear of Helen’s death today. I would have been at the service had I known. Helen was a very special lady to me first meeting her when Brian was a baby. I babysat Brian and Helen and Bill would come over to see him. Most of the time he was asleep but they had to make sure he was tucked in. Love this whole family. Wish I could have been there for you.


  9. Trista Green
    November 29, 2020 @ 2:56 pm

    Prayers for all of the family. I did know that she had passed. She was a wonderful, very kind lady. She will be truly missed.


  10. Lori Peters
    December 8, 2020 @ 8:11 pm

    I was so sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. My thoughts and prayers to Eric, Brian and all their family and friends. I will miss my cousin, Helen.


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