Shirley Holmes (Collatt), 78, passed away on Friday, May 2, 2014, at her home in Haskell. She was born on May 17, 1935 in Haskell, to the late Roy and Lillian (Smart) Collatt.
Shirley was a longtime member of Mt. Harmony Missionary Baptist Church.
She enjoyed writing letters and sending birthday cards to her many special friends as well as sewing, cooking and spoiling her grandkids.
She worked for many years for Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.
Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Holmes, in January 2010. They were happily married for more than 54 years.
Shirley is survived by her daughters, Suzy Holmes Gatti and husband Joe and Janann Holmes Johnson and husband John; brother, Ray Collatt and wife, Winnie; sister-in-law, Marylea Collatt; one granddaughter, Anna Gatti; and two grandsons, James "Jimmy" Hensley and Joseph Gatti.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton with Pastor Greg Spann officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Harmony Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today, May 5, at the funeral home.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com.
Family comments: The family expresses special thanks to Shirley’s caregivers, Becky, Dedra, Heather and Baptist Hospice (especially Dee Dee, Shirley and Liz), and all the family and friends that sent cards and visited during her long battle with Alzheimer’s disease.