It is with great sadness and heavy hearts that the family announces the passing of Debbie (Bitsy) Holmes (nee
Pickering). Debbie passed away peacefully in her sleep the morning of May 22, 2016 at the Central Okanagan
Hospice House with her loving husband Allan by her side. Debbie fought a courageous battle with cancer and was taken from us far too young, at the age of 59.
Debbie was born in Weyburn, Saskatchewan on March 22, 1957 before making British Columbia her home in 1971.
Debbie is predeceased by her father Maurice Pickering and her brother Kim Pickering. She leaves behind her loving, devoted husband and soulmate Allan (Alvin) Holmes, her mother Gloria Pickering, her best friend and sister Cathy (John) and her brother Kevin, as well as many nieces and nephews.
She was a caring and loving mom and will be sorely missed by her three children Brett, Nicole and Scott. Her grandson Asher was the light of her life, her little Asherman. She will also be missed by her beloved, loyal Newfoundlander Jake.
Debbie was an excellent barber and had many loyal clients whom she thought of more as friends. Deb loved the simple things in life like spending time outdoors camping, fishing and puttering in her beautiful garden. We will miss her warm smile, little giggle, big heart and her easy-going nature.
We would like to thank all the wonderful and caring doctors, nurses and staff at the Southern Interior Cancer Centre, as well as the Central Okanagan Hospice House. A special thank you to Dr. Diana Imrie, whom Debbie thought of more
like a girlfriend than her family physician.
Debbie’s ashes will be taken to Eager Hill in Cranbrook where she will be reunited with her father and brother. Here she will be enjoying the view of the three mountain ranges with a glass of white wine and a cigarette in her hand listening to Pearl Jam. We’re going to miss ya kiddo!
As per Deb’s wishes, there will not be a service, but in lieu of flowers please send any donations to the Central Okanagan Hospice House, 2035 Ethel Street, Kelowna, B.C., V1Y 2Z6.