Holmes, Helen Anne

June 23, 1938 - May 13, 2020

It is with immeasurable sorrow that we announce the passing of Helen Anne Holmes (Hunt), 81, of Meaford, with her immediate family by her side.

Helen was born in Markdale to parents Albert Edward Hunt and Claudia Isabella Sophia (Ray).   Following the early passing of her mother, Helen was raised by her father and stepmother, Freda Hunt (Eagles).

Helen was a well-respected yoga teacher in Owen Sound and surrounding region.  Shortly after attending a yoga class at the ‘Y’ in the 1970’s, Helen earned her certification and began a life long passion for teaching yoga.  For over 45 years, she had a positive and lasting impact on her yoga community.

Helen was a loving wife and life partner of William (Bill) Holloway for 35 years.  She and Bill enjoyed their many travels over the years paired with an active lifestyle of cycling and cross country skiing.

Helen was immensely proud of her family and leaves nothing behind but beautiful memories.

Helen is survived by her daughter Sheryl Holmes (Glenn), son Paul Holmes and her grandchildren, Kaie Rosborough and Nila Junker-Andersen (Erik). She will be remembered as a dear sister by her brother Ray Hunt (Amy) and sister Barbara Arthur (David). Helen was predeceased by her brothers David Hunt (late Marie) and Allen Hunt (late Eileen).

She will be fondly remembered by 14 nieces and nephews, and their families.

Helen had a wide circle of dear friends and neighbours, including current and former yoga students, all of whom were important relationships in her life.

Helen’s family would like to thank her healthcare providers in Owen Sound, Meaford, Kitchener and Collingwood for their exceptional care and compassion.

A Celebration of Helen’s Life with friends and family will be arranged for a later date. A family gathering and interment of Helen’s ashes will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers and if so desired as your expression of sympathy, memorial donations to Chapman House Residential Hospice Grey Bruce in Owen Sound would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON N4L 1B9 www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca.



Service: Celebration of Life to be announced

Donations: Chapman House Residential Hospice Grey Bruce
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Linda and Andy Andersen
    Tuesday, May 19, 2020

    Bill, Sheryl, Paul and Family we offer our deepest condolences. Helen was a very special person to us and we will miss her dearly. She was a very positive person to be around and we always enjoyed our times together. May God comfort you all in this time of sorrow. Sending our Love Linda and Andy Andersen

  2. Bev Dodd
    Tuesday, May 19, 2020

    Deepest condolences to Bill, Sheryl and family, and Paul. I was heartbroken to hear of Helen’s passing. Loved her so much even though I didn’t see her too often over the years. I have fond memories of working many years with her. She taught me so much and was just such an interesting and loving person to be around.

    Hugs to all of you.

    Love Bev and Phil Dodd

  3. Ken and Lynne Whitton, friends.
    Tuesday, May 19, 2020

    We were saddened to hear of Helen Anne’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. We knew Helen Anne casually, and saw her only infrequently, but we were always impressed by her joie de vivre; and especially by the fact that she always greeted us with a genuine enthusiasm that made us feel special. We will miss her sparkling personality.

  4. Keith Robb
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    Bill, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your wife, Helen. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Sad that we won’t see you for the Cadet Inspection as all events have been cancelled for the summer. Miss you and be safe.

  5. Barbara Heerschap
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    Helen, our angel will be missed by many of her yoga students.
    I was honored to take yoga from Helen for many years. We shared a special friendship.
    She was loved, respected & her gentle voice & beautiful smile always brought such a calming & soothing warmth to our yoga practice.
    RIP beautiful angel!

  6. Eleanor McDougall
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    My sincere sympathy to all your family; I was privileged to be in many of Helen’s classes and very much appreciated her calm, quiet way. She will be remembered fondly for her kindness and the sincere interest she took in all her students. Always loved, always remembered.

  7. Bruce and Debbie Knight
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    Dear Bill, Sheryl, Paul and families

    Our very deepest condolences to you all at the loss of your dear wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
    We haven’t seen Helen for quite a long time but well remember her warm smile and thoughtful ways. May there be comfort in knowing that with a quick thought, closing of your eyes, the wiping away of a tear, the beating of your heart memories of Shirley will be there for you always.
    Rest in paradise Helen you will be missed and definitely never forgotten. You are at peace and that gives us comfort… Until we meet again.

  8. Isabelle Ridd
    Wednesday, May 20, 2020

    Dear Bill and family,
    So very sorry to hear about Helen. I will never forget how she helped me with the basics of a yoga breath so I could get through my cancer treatment. So patient and so kind. I will truly miss her and her beautiful smile.

  9. Pierre Caritey
    Thursday, May 21, 2020

    Dear Bill
    I am very sorry for your loss.
    Although I have only known both of you for a short time, Helen will always remain in my mind as a remarkably dignified person and a very good yoga teacher.
    I am glad that I had the pleasure of meeting her even if it was for such a short time.
    My sincere condolences

  10. Don Taylor
    Thursday, May 21, 2020

    My heartfelt condolences to my friend Bill & Sheryl and Paul. Helen was a remarkable woman in many ways. Her infectious good humor was a joy to all who knew her. My travels with Bill & Helen in Mexico, California & Canada were some of the highlights of my life. Safe passage on your journey Chica !

  11. Dave Holmes (Diane)
    Thursday, May 21, 2020

    Dear Bill, Sheryl and Paul:

    We are deeply sorry about the loss of Aunt Helen Ann. Although, no words can take away the sorrow that you bear. We wish you comfort and peace while remembering and honouring her. She was such a wonderful and gentle soul and she will truly be missed. Our hearts and thoughts go out to the family.❤️

  12. Sharon & Randy Vanwyck
    Thursday, May 21, 2020

    Dear Bill: Our sympathy to you Bill on the passing of Helen. Trusting you hold many special memories of happy times. Keeping you in our thoughts.

  13. Lillian Harron
    Saturday, May 23, 2020

    Bill and family. Sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. I remember her with high regards for her caring way, both at work ( Co-Operators) and with her yoga teachings. I know your many happy memories will comfort you.


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