Lillian Elizabeth Holmes

July 21, 1930February 14, 2021

The kind, gentle soul of Lillian E. Holmes 90, of School Street, Marlborough, NH, will be greatly missed by her passing on Sunday, February 14, 2021 at the Cheshire Medical Center Dartmouth Hitchcock, Keene, NH, with her family at her side.

Her parents, David and Pearl (Gould) Spaulding welcomed their daughter into the world on July 21, 1930 in Canaan, Vermont. Lillian spent most of her adult life in Keene, moving to Marlborough five years ago.

Being deaf at birth, Lillian overcame many challenges, allowing her to be successful in anything she set her mind to do. She attend the Austine School for the Deaf in Brattleboro, Vermont; VA Community College; and the NY City School for the Deaf, where at a mere "four foot eleven inches", she was a successful point guard on the school’s basketball team.

Lillian enjoyed being with and helping people. Her work career encompassed aspects of customer service including working with the National Grange Mutual Insurance Company for ten years and the Douglas Toy Company for over thirty years. Following her retirement, Lillian was not happy sitting at home. She returned to the workforce providing services to other that she truly loved doing, working part-time at TJ Max in Keene for fifteen years, retiring at the age of 85.

When not hard at work, Lillian continued to keep busy doing ceramics and was an avid "yard-sale attendee". She loved to go gallivanting with her many girlfriends, and was loved by all that she encountered. Her infectious charisma made her a beloved member of her residence.

Lillian was a longtime member of St. James Episcopal Church in Keene.

She will be greatly missed by many, especially her two children, daughter, Debra J. Norris and her husband, John, of Keene, and her son, Allen D. Holmes, Sr. and his wife, Paula, of Merrimack, NH; her grandson, Allen D. Holmes, Jr.; her granddaughters, Angelica and Monica; four great-grandchildren, Aurora, Alaina, Damian and Jeovanni; a sister, Sally Corliss of Virginia; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members. She was predeceased by her husband of 23 years, Harry W. Holmes in 1986; two brothers, Bill Spaulding and Bert Spaulding; and a sister, Jean Hubert.

In keeping with Lillian’s wishes, a graveside service and celebration of Lillian’s life will be held in the Monadnock View Cemetery, Keene at a date and time to be announced "on a sunny day in May, before 4PM, before the bugs come out". There are no public calling hours.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Holmes’ memory to the New England Death and Hard of Hearing Services, 56 Old Suncook Road, Suite 6, Concord, NH 03301; or to the Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue, Suite 102, Washington, DC 20002.


  • A graveside service and celebration of Lillian's life will be held in the Monadnock View Cemetery, Keene at a date and time to be announced "on a sunny day in May, before 4PM, before the bugs come out".


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Bonnie Pelton

February 22, 2021

I remember working with her when I started at tj maxx in 2008. She was a wonderful woman and I was happy to have known her. It was nice to have someone to sign with. She will be greatly missed., I won't forget her. Until we meet again, Lillian! She was my close friend

Saralyn spaulding Corliss

February 20, 2021

Always my best friend. Our childhood memories were such fun to remember She was generous to a fault and we had many great visits together in our 80’s. I was blessed to have her as my sister. Till we meet again

Sue Small

February 18, 2021

Debbie and Family- I was saddened to hear of your mom's passing. I met her once and knew she was a special lady. May all your wonderful memories be forever held close at heart.

Pamela Deschenes

February 17, 2021

I have so many wonderful memories of Lillian. She was an exceptional lady. She was funny and smart and always full of advice. I loved listening to her stories of long ago. I will miss seeing her when I visit Marlborough Home. I love you Lillian and may you rest with the Angels as you are now one of them.

Heather Towle

February 17, 2021

I am very sorry to hear of Lillian's passing. She was a wonderful neighbor and friend to my grandmother for many years. May you find peace in your happy memories. -Heather Towle-