Strate Funeral Home

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Natalie (Kay) Mike Holmes

July 26, 1929October 2, 2019

Kay (Natalie) Mike (Emert) HOLMES,

Was born in St. John, Washington on July 26, 1929 and passed on October 2, 2019 in Davenport, WA. She was raised by her grandparents (Carmie and Flora Litch) from Moscow, Idaho. She earned a BA in Economics at Eastern Washington College, and a Washington State Teacher’s Certificate and MBA from Gonzaga University. After marriage to Millard in 1947 (married 70.5 years) they moved to Spokane, to Half Moon Prairie north of Spokane and then to Creston, WA where she taught 22 years at the High School. Her classes included bookkeeping, typing, shorthand and the first business computer class. She also taught U.S. History, World Problems, and special English and Math classes. She was the advisor for the school annual, newspaper and many classes, which included supervising concessions at all school games. She outlived her older sister Barbara Harrison (Emert), two brothers Bill and Bruce Emert, her husband, Millard Holmes, and her daughter, Malvina Olfs. She leaves two children, a son Orlan Holmes with grandchildren Elisa Holmes (Mudd); Dawn Holmes, Heather Holmes (Parra), and Crystal Holmes; and a daughter Marlena Holmes (Guhlke) with grandchildren Shelley Guhlke (Phet), Kristy Guhlke (Barnes); and Thomas Guhlke. She had numerous great—and great-great-grandchildren. She was known for her travels, gardening, quilting and her knowledge of history. She served on the County’s Election Board for the Democratic Party and collected ruby glass with her husband Millard. A graveside service for family members will be held at the Spokane-Cheney Memorial Gardens located on the Cheney-Spokane Highway. A Celebration of Life service will be held later in the year. Please contact orlanholmes@yahoo.com for more information on the upcoming service. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.stratefuneralhome.com for the Holmes family. STRATE FUNERAL HOME, Davenport, WA is caring for the family.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, November 9, 2019


Natalie (Kay) Mike Holmes

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Mary Ann Rhoads Kennedy

November 3, 2019

Millard was a first cousin of mine, but they lived far enough away from our family that we didn't see each other often. My first memory of Kay was when she visited Aunt Helen and Uncle Calvin north of Spokane with the three children.

In my early adulthood, when occasionally driving between Spokane and Seattle, I would stop to visit Kay and Millard. They were always happy to see us and welcomed us into their home in Davenport. The gardens were always beautiful, and they enjoyed talking about their art and their red glass collection. Kay talked with me about her teaching.

I appreciated the Christmas letters with notes about their many interesting travels. The last time I saw Kay and Millard was the summer of 2018 when they were in the Care Center, and Millard was happy to show me his flower garden outside their window. Kay seemed contented to be there. I will miss those visits.

Tina Stocker/Cates-Coy

October 13, 2019

I was a senior and 1 credit short of graduation but pics were taken the day before so she made sure I got in the yearbook. I graduated that summer and she helped me pay for my senior pic to be put in in color as well she was my mentor. A GREAT Woman.

Kathy Wynecoop-Whipple

October 11, 2019

I will always fondly Mrs. Holmes. She was my teacher 1981-1984. I still type ( better than most) and often think of her when others notice how fast I am. I also worked with her to put together a little computer animation ( alonh with some other friends) to make a stick man walk across the screen and show to the school administration and board to convince them we needed computers in the school, that students could learn programming!! Seems silly now-with how pervasive computers are. She was very committed to making sure we had every opportunity and even if it was something nee to her she was willing to learn to teach— a true scholar and believer in the potential of youth and education. The world was a better place because of her, and all those who were blessed to know her were forever changed for the better.

Annette Marz

October 11, 2019

There are always “Those Teachers” who you thank, think of and tell strangers about—Mrs. Holmes is one of those. She not only taught U.S. History, she showed it. Nearly every thing the book talked about she had a photo of her and Millard standing at that very site. Traveling that she did! I once took a typing test and had one hand moved over one key space. She simply typed it herself with her hand like mine and graded my paper that way rather than fail me, yep THAT kind of Teacher. She encouraged in the “Kay” way. Writing a reference for me to join the WA ST Patrol, anything to help you succeed. I thank her for teaching me to do something “I will never use” typing (something I use now EVERYDAY, how did she know?

Audrey Bradrick

October 5, 2019

I never knew a whole lot of my great grandmother. Reading this breaks my heart because i didnt know her all that well. Ive gotten to see her and my great grandfather a few different times while i lived with my grandfather Orlan Holmes. She was a very lovely lady i was so fond of her and my great grandfather. Im terribly upset i couldn't be with them in their time of need or even gotten to see them one last time. The last time i seen them i was 16 maybe i was in high school. I will always love them with all of my heart and i will miss them greatly. Im so glad i have some memories with them both even though its not alot its something and means more to me than they both will ever know. They are in a place of peace and freedom. No more suffering and pain. Ill see you again my beautiful angels.

Michele Gore

October 5, 2019

I loved my Aunt Kay and Uncle Millard very much. I always enjoyed reading and hearing of their many adventures traveling and visiting places, especially all over North America, gathering their ruby glass and meeting distant relatives. I enjoyed Millard’s extensive Christmas letter every year. I am so glad that Chris, Jeffrey and I visited them when they were still living at home and doing fairly well so were able to share their treasures, stories, and house/yard with us. They raised amazing children, who have continued the tradition by raising amazing grandchildren - now greatgrandchildren are piling up. I love you both. I have missed you. And now I will miss you until we all meet up again.