Bertha Mae Holmes passed away at Ellis Hospital of natural causes on July 15, 2021. She was 85 years old.
She is survived by her daughter Gloria Jean Holmes (formerly Bacote) and her son Makin Ali (formally Leayle Bonelli Holmes), cousins Priscilla Charles (spouse Willie Charles), Eva Wise, and many nieces and nephews.
Bertha Mae Josey was born on September 11, 1935 in Bishopville, South Carolina. She was welcomed by her mother the late Ida Mae Josey (Moses) and the late Preston Josey Sr. She had an older sister, the late Mary Lee Tony (formerly Josey) and the late brother Preston Josey Jr.
She graduated from Bishopville High School. Bertha Mae Josey married Elijah Lee Holmes and welcomed Rosa Lee Holmes in 1955 who died as a baby and in 1956 Gloria Jean Holmes. She separated from her spouse and later divorced her late husband Elijiah Lee Holmes. Bertha Holmes and Leayle Bonelli welcomed two sons, Leayle Bonelli Jr (now Makin Ali) and the late Ron Swoboda. She adopted her foster child William David Holmes.
Bertha loved her family and was a devoted mother. She always put her children's needs ahead of her own. She loved sewing, cooking, and caring for the home.
A memorial service for Bertha Mae Holmes is scheduled for 6:45 PM on Thursday July 22, 2021 via zoom. Family and friends are invited and may call on Wednesday July 21, 2021 from 5-7 PM at the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home. She will be going to her final resting place, Boone Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Bishopville, South Carolina and buried on July 24, 2021.
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