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Dorothea Mary Lynch Holmes, 99
SOUTH PORTLAND -- Dorothea Mary Lynch Holmes, 99, of Rockland, Mass., formerly of South Portland, died peacefully on Nov. 29, 2012, in Massachusetts with her loving family by her side.
She was born on Dec. 29, 1912, in Lincoln, N.H., the daughter of John and Catherine Magee Lynch. She was educated in Lincoln, N.H., schools and was a graduate of Lincoln High School. She was a graduate of Plymouth Normal School studying education and becoming a teacher.
She married Richard M. Holmes and began raising her family.
She was a communicant of Holy Cross.
During her career, Dorothea taught at the Jackson School and the Presumpscot School and subbed for South Portland Schools. She taught at the Boy's Training Center retiring in 1975. In 1970, after her children were grown, Dorothea received her degree from the University of Maine.
Dorothea was a member of the New England, Cumberland County and National Teachers Association; Maine Association of Retirees and a member of the Catholic Daughters of America. She was a member of the Holy Cross Sodality.
Dorothea was predeceased by her husband Richard on Sept. 16, 1995; three sisters and four brothers. Surviving are two sons, John R. Holmes and his wife Kathleen Ellen of Abington, Mass., Michael D. Holmes and his wife Mary of Greenville; six grandchildren and six great- grandchildren.
Visiting hours with prayers will be held from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3, at Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland, followed by a 10 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Cross Church, corner of Broadway and Cottage Road. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 1, 2012
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