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“Let me live in a house by the side of the road, and be a friend to man.” ~ Sam Walter Foss Jane Davis Holmes, born in Sandersville, GA, to Edward Alonza Holmes and Margaret Davis Holmes on September 20, 1932, died peacefully at Sunrise of Decatur on March 19, 2018. She had suffered from the effects of vascular dementia for 8 years and while that disease took away much of her ability to perform the daily functions of life, glimpses of her sweet spirit were still present until her last moments. Our mom was a warm, compassionate, caring person who wanted to help others. The quote above was the guiding principle in her life. She was a very intelligent person who loved to learn, with widely varied interests which ranged from voracious reading of non-fiction, to computer programming, to singing, to writing (children’s songs, scholarly work, and poetry), to drawing and painting, and most recently to a strong focus on health and nutrition. She was an inventor like her father, using whatever materials were available to her to remedy a need, be it practical or capricious. Married to Ralph Roughton from 1954-1998, Mom was very devoted to her family. In bringing up her daughters she served as chauffeur, seamstress, and furniture builder, among other roles. Our home was imbued with the soft, serene side of her which surfaced in the spacious and open decor that she created, reflective of the Japanese aesthetic she admired. After we were grown, Mom went back to school and obtained her Master’s degree in Experimental Psychology and her PhD in Developmental Psychology. Following that, Mom became a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice. Her pioneering venture into Energy Psychology changed her own life and then informed her work as a psychotherapist assisting people in dealing with phobias and lifelong emotional patterns that no longer served them. She named her website “From Fear and Stress to Peace and Calm”. Her work with her clients was very effective and life changing for them as well. She also willingly shared the techniques with family and friends (and strangers!), and many of us benefitted from her generosity that way as well. When told that she was about to become a grandmother and asked what she would like them to call her, Mom (having achieved her doctorate) hesitated a minute and playfully said, “Dr. Grandma”. Ultimately, she was known to her grandchildren as Nana and, as each of them came into the world, she was there to support their parents through her love and her knowledge of child development. She shared with her grandkids her inventiveness and her intellectual enthusiasm, teaching them to program her computer as well as creating games from whatever bits and pieces they could find. Mom loved her family above all. She was a loving sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. She is survived by her brother, Ed Holmes (wife, Shirley), her sister Katherine Floyd, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, daughters Joanna Roughton Reed (husband, Alan Reed) and Barbara Roughton (partner, Blake Brewster) and her grandchildren David (fiancée Catherine Casteel), Adam, and Em. She will be missed. If you feel so inspired, we invite you to share memories of Mom here. Her wish was to be cremated and we will be having a memorial service at a time to be determined for family members and her close friends. In lieu of flowers, we would invite you to make a charitable contribution in Mom’s name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, one of the public broadcasting stations (PBA, PBS, WABE, GPB) or another organization of your choice. We would love to acknowledge any contribution made; please let us know at this address - Barbara Roughton and Joanna Reed, P.O. Box 324, Avondale Estates, GA 30002.

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