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PEKIN ~ Melinda Sue Holmes, 48, of Pekin, passed away peacefully at 4:40 p.m.  Wednesday, July 3, 2019 surrounded by her family at UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria.

She was born August 14, 1970 in Pekin to Jimmie D. and Judith Ann (Mahr) Fletcher, Sr.  Melinda married Bryan L. Holmes on September 14, 1991 at Grace United Methodist Church in Pekin, where she was baptized and became a confirmed member.  Bryan died June 6, 1993 in Pekin.

Surviving are her mother, Judy Poe of Pekin; her father and stepmother, Jimmie and Linda Sue Fletcher of Pekin; one son, Jared R. Holmes of Pekin; one brother, Jimmie D. “Jake” (Tammie) Fletcher, Jr. of Pekin; three step-brothers, James S. Render of Morton, Jeff Render of Pekin and Greg (Jen Miller) Render of Mapleton; her grandmother, Mary Ellen Mahr of Pekin; her nephews, Justin Fletcher of Morton, Jace Fletcher of Pekin, Chase Render of Tremont and one niece, Andrea Render of Morton.  She also leaves her beloved dog, Bella.

Melinda formerly worked as a waitress at Larry’s Driftwood in Creve Coeur.   She was devoted to her son and loved animals.

Private family services with inurnment of her ashes will be held at a later date.  Cremation has been accorded by Preston-Hanley Funeral Homes & Crematory in Pekin.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tazewell Animal Protective Society, 100 Taps Lane, Pekin, Illinois 61554.

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