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Rachel E. (Niles) Holmes

November 27, 2021


Rachel E.  (Niles) Holmes, Elmira – Age 79 of Elmira, NY died on Saturday, November 27th, 2021.    Rachel was the daughter of Roland and Gladys Niles. She was born and raised in Bainbridge, NY.    Rachel  graduated  salutatorian  of  her  class from  Bainbridge  Central  School  in  1960.    She graduated with a B.S. in Education from SUNY Oneonta in 1964. Her  teaching  career  began  at  Afton  Central  Schools,  but  moved  to  Elmira  and  worked  as  an elementary  school  teacher  for  the Elmira  City  School  District  for  over  30  years.    Rachel  loved  quilting  with her  group,  reading,  and  playing  card  games  with  the  family.    In  addition  to  her  parents,  Rachel  was predeceased  by  her  husband  of  over  55  years,  Charles  Edward  Holmes;  brothers,  Donald  Niles,  Roland (Sonny)  Niles  and  Gerald  Niles;  as  well  as  sisters,  Janice  Heslin,  Phyllis  Cutting,  and  Ann  Peterson.    Rachel is  survived  by  her  two  sons,  Gary  (Angela)  Holmes  of  Spencer,  NY  and  Roland  (Amy)  Holmes  of  Watkins Glen,  NY;  granddaughters,  Rebecca  and  Jillian  Holmes;  grandsons,  Mason,  Alexander  and  Nicolai  Holmes; very  close  niece,  Christine  (Greg)  Pesesky  of  Horseheads,  NY;  and  many  nieces;  and  nephews.    The  family would  like  to  recognize  and  thank  all  of  the  great  staff  on  Unit  1  of  Seneca  View  Nursing  Facility  in Montour  Falls  for  their  incredible  care  and  love  for  Rachel  over  the  past  year.  IT  WAS  RACHEL’S  WISH  THERE BE  NO CALLING  HOURS,  NO  FUNERAL  SERVICE  AND  NO  FLOWERS.    Those  wishing  to  make  a  contribution  in  her name to  Bibles  for  Children,  please  send  to  –  Bibles  For  Children,  771  County  Road  4,  Oxford,  NY 13830-3292.  ARRANGEMENTS BY BAKER FAMILY FUNERAL HOME www.bakerfamilyfuneralhome.com

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