Ruth Ann Holmes

Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home

Bekavac Funeral Home and Crematory

Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | October 30, 2019

Ruth Ann Holmes, 79, of Lambertville, NJ, formerly of Elizabeth, passed away in her sleep on October 17, 2019. She earned a master’s degree focused on communication handicaps from the University of Pittsburgh. An avid skier, she spent a few years skiing with friends in Vail, CO after graduating.  She returned to Pennsylvania to be near her family and taught Special Education in the Amish and Mennonite communities in Lancaster County. She later moved to Princeton, NJ where she met Don Griffin, her husband of 29 years. Together they organized a food co-op in their home and managed the recycling program in Lambertville, NJ, her home for 44 years. Ruth Ann taught Special Education in the Trenton school system and traveled extensively in the summers. She was a talented gardener, an avid reader and loved a succession of dogs and cats. 

Born December 8, 1939, she was the youngest of three children of Stanley D. and Christina (Young) Holmes. She is survived by her former husband, Don Griffin of Gwynedd; and cousins. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by older brothers, Jack and Dean Holmes. Ruth Ann will be remembered for her infectious laugh, her delightful sense of humor, and her incredible memory. Her family will miss long conversations with her on a diverse array of subjects from family history to politics to literature. Friends will be received in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, 221 North Second Avenue, Elizabeth, on Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 11 AM until the time of service at 12 NOON with the Rev. Gaylord Gillis officiating. Interment will be private. Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of the United States, 1255 23rd Street, NW, Suite 450, Washington D.C. 20037. Offer condolences at

Originally published October 30, 2019.

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