Susan Rose McDermott Holmes

Susan McDermott Holmes

Susan Rose McDermott Holmes, 56, passed away on January 2nd 2012, after a courageous battle with ALS. She was born on December 10th, 1956. 

Susan was born in Houston Texas, and was the youngest child of Helen and Raymond McDermott. She graduated from Memorial High School in Houston in 1975, and attended Trinity University in San Antonio, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. A devoted teacher for over 30 years, Susan taught elementary school children in San Antonio, and later taught special education for school districts in the Gulf Coast area. She was dedicated to her students and made a difference in the lives of those she educated and mentored.

Susan was an avid sports fan and enjoyed attending ball games with her family. Her two favorite teams were the Houston Astros and the Houston Texans. Throughout the years and all the team’s wins and losses, she never wavered in her support of the Astros and Texans.

Susan was an active member of the First Lutheran Church in Galveston, Texas, where she sang in the choir for many years. She had a beautiful voice and she and her daughter, Holly, enjoyed singing together at church and family events. She also served on the board of the First Lutheran Music Academy.

Her favorite pastimes include playing cards and board games with her family and going to garage sales with her friends and daughter, Megan.  One of her favorite card games was bridge, which she spent many happy hours playing with family.

She is survived by her husband, Tom, and daughters Megan and Holly Holmes. She is also survived by her mother-in-law, Mozelle Holmes;  aunt, Rose Matthess; sister, Bobbie Ann and John Worrich; brother, Malcolm and Lynn McDermott; sister, Nancy McDermott; brother, Henry and Diane McDermott, and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. We will miss her terribly.

Susan is preceded in death by her parents, Helen and Raymond McDermott; sister, Muriel McDermott; and father-in-law, Sam Holmes.

Susan’s Memorial Service will be held at the First Lutheran Church of Galveston , 12:00pm, Saturday, January 21. The church is located at 2415 Winnie Street, Galveston, TX. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the First Lutheran Music Academy in Galveston, TX, or the ALS society.