Jean (Holmes) Lynch, 81, of Temple, Texas, passed away on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, in a nursing facility in Temple, TX, of natural causes after a brief illness.
A memorial service in her honor will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, February 23, 2013, in the sanctuary at First United Methodist Church of Temple.
She was born June 2, 1931, in Glasgow, Scotland, where she was adopted at birth and raised as Jean Harvey. She worked as an office clerk and tailor's assistant before meeting William Holmes, an American soldier, in 1951. After emigrating to the US and getting married in 1952, they raised their only son, Gary, in Amarillo, TX, Knoxville, TN, Jefferson City, TN, Canyon, TX, and Austin, TX. They moved permanently to Denton in 1964, where she worked for several years as a secretary for the chaplain's office at the Denton State School. Among many other activities, she was active in the British Club in Denton, and was an assistant Cub Scout Den Mother for several years. She earned a BA in Clothing and Costume Design at Texas Womens' University in Denton, in 1971. After going through a divorce in 1980, she met and married Robert E. Lynch, a machinist from Lewisville, TX, in 1985, and they remained happily married for 27 years until her death. She worked for many years as an operator for General Telephone in Denton until she retired. She was very active at the Denton Senior Center. Due to health problems, they both moved to an assisted living center in Temple, TX in 2007, to be near her son's family. Her faith was very important to her, and she was a member and regularly attended the First United Methodist Church, Denton as a member of the Christian Homebuilders Class. More recently, she became a member of First United Methodist Church, Temple.
She is survived by half-sisters Kathy Cavers, of Carlisle, England, and Margaret Patterson, of Leiston, England; husband Robert Lynch of Temple; son Gary Holmes and wife Patty, of Temple; grandsons Christopher Holmes, of Temple, and Alan Holmes, of Conroe, TX; and great-granddaughter Caitlyn Holmes, of Lampasas. She will be greatly missed by all of her family, and by her many friends, whose lives she touched. She will be greatly missed by all of her family, and by her many friends, whose lives she touched. Memorial gifts may be made in her honor to the First United Methodist Church of Temple or First United Methodist Church of Denton.
Her online obituary may be accessed on the Scanio-Harper Funeral Home of Temple, Texas, (http://www.scanioharperfuneralhome.com/?pagetype=memlist), where memorial notes may be left for her family.
She will be greatly missed by all of her family, and by her many friends, whose lives she touched.