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Virginia Abbie Dunbar Holmes

July 27, 1920 - September 19, 2017

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Virginia Abbie Dunbar Holmes
age 97

Cat lover, repurposing engineer, and thrifty "Scottish" woman, Virginia retired to her heavenly home on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. She was born on July 27, 1920 to Matilda Esther Austin Dunbar and Benjamin Franklin Dunbar in Spokane, Washington.
A book smart, voracious reader, Virginia graduated at the top of her class from North Central High School in Spokane. She met the love of her life, Virgil (Scotty) Leonard Holmes the old-fashioned way, at a church picnic. They were married on December 31, 1940 at Grace...

Virginia Abbie Dunbar Holmes
age 97

Cat lover, repurposing engineer, and thrifty "Scottish" woman, Virginia retired to her heavenly home on Tuesday, September 19, 2017. She was born on July 27, 1920 to Matilda Esther Austin Dunbar and Benjamin Franklin Dunbar in Spokane, Washington.
A book smart, voracious reader, Virginia graduated at the top of her class from North Central High School in Spokane. She met the love of her life, Virgil (Scotty) Leonard Holmes the old-fashioned way, at a church picnic. They were married on December 31, 1940 at Grace Baptist Church in Spokane. Virginia was proud to be the bride of a WWII Marine; Scotty was sent overseas shortly after they said, "I DO". She followed him to North Carolina and to San Diego where she worked as a bookkeeper for Convair, an American aircraft manufacturing company.
In 1950, Virginia partnered with her husband to open "Scotty Holmes Studio of Interior Design" on Grand Avenue and later on Division Street in Spokane. For forty years, their winning business featured interior design concepts, furniture upholstery, and retail sales of artwork, sculptures, lampshades, and antiques.
Virginia's claim to fame was, "I'm Scotch"!!! Her repurposing tools included "Fix-a-Flat", "Shoe Goo", and duct tape. She was self-taught, and could repair anything plumbing, electrical, or mechanical. Virginia liked to shop for treasures at Value Village, Goodwill, and the Dollar Store. She had a 64-gigabyte memory; much of it recorded on copious "Post-It-Notes". Her patio was forever populated with a menagerie of stray cats, raccoons, squirrels, and skunk families who fancied her ever ready treats. After her eightieth birthday, she quickly learned to operate a lap top computer and was fond of surfing the net into the wee hours of the morning. A night owl at heart, she'd say, "I came by it naturally". Popcorn, ice cream, "Almond Roca", and Chocolate Pot de Crème were her four favorite food groups. Virginia also enjoyed painting with watercolors and oils, making jewelry, square dancing, travel, and the theatre. She was a social butterfly and volunteered at the Southside Senior Activity Center as a Dance Activities Coordinator and Greeter.
In November of 2015, Virginia moved to Harvard Park Retirement Community where she loved to participate in strength training, balloon Ball, Tic, Dominos, and Pinochle. Folks at Harvard Park knew her best because she wasn't properly dressed until she donned at least three pairs of glasses securely tucked into her wig. Virginia lived life to the fullest on her own terms. In her final years, she referred to herself as an "antique grandma". Friends and family describe her as young at heart, kind, mischievous, and quick witted. She was also called feisty, spicy, and a pistol that could fire sassy remarks. Her spirited nature often arose when she recited nonsense poetry, limericks, and tongue twisters. She playfully recited these fun spoonerisms just days before she passed: "Once a big molicepan saw a bittle lum, sitting on a sturbcone chewing gubber rum, "Hi", said the molicepan, 'won't you simme gum?' 'Tixie on your nintype', said the bittle lum."
Virginia is survived by: a son, Ken (Gianna Rosewood) Holmes; a daughter, Sandy Cozzetto; grandchildren, Steve (Keeta Martin) Holmes, Brenda Alvarado Holmes, Kim (Galen) Cozzetto Maynard, and Jessica (Khang) Cozzetto Duong; great grandchildren Aiden Riley Alvarado Holmes, Brynn Rose Alvarado Holmes, and Tenzin George Cozzetto Duong; and her Seal Point Siamese Cat, Scooter.
She was preceded in death by: her parents, Matilda Esther Austin Dunbar and Benjamin Franklin Dunbar; loving husband, Virgil (Scotty) Leonard Holmes; son-in-law, George Frederick Cozzetto; grandson, Ronald Allen Holmes; sister, Marjorie Karkau; brother-in-law, Charles Karkau; and her cats, Fluffy and Putt-Putt.
A Memorial Service will be held at Harvard Park Retirement Community, 1616 E 30th Avenue, Spokane, Washington on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm. The family suggests memorial contributions be sent to SpokAnimal a Northwest Humane Society, spokanimal.org, or the charity of your choice.
Arrangements under the direction of Ball & Dodd Funeral Home, Spokane, WA.