Lillia Bonacorsi Holmes died November 29 at Atria Woodbriar Park in Falmouth. She was 98. She was a longtime resident of North Falmouth.
Ms. Holmes was born in Barre, Vermont. She married ensign George H. Holmes in 1945.
After years as a military officer’s wife, she completed her degrees in English and Library Science at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1969. Afterward, she and her family moved back to Cape Cod where she taught English at Falmouth High School and then became librarian for the Morse Pond School for 15 years. In 1979, she took a leave of absence to serve as librarian at the American School in Milan, Italy, for one year. She retired in 1985 to pursue her lifelong interests in creativity and traveling with her husband.
She served as chairwoman of the Falmouth Council for the Arts from 1988 to 1989 and participated for six years in the work of the organization. She served on the board of the Falmouth Artists Guild for a number of years, as well as exploring her creativity in watercolor, pastels, and drawing, exhibiting at the guild and the Cape Cod Art Association.
She leaves a daughter, Georgiana Holmes and her husband, Steven Malkus, of Falmouth; a son, Bryan D. Holmes and his wife, Christine Holmes, of Watertown, Connecticut; a brother, Anthony Bonacorsi of Middlebury, Connecticut; two grandsons and a granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.
There are no plans for a formal funeral.