Sylvia Pearl Sells - Wedding Wednesday
Sylvia Pearl Sells was my grandmother's (Nellie Opal Sells) younger sister. She was born to Columbus Sells and Gertrude W Nichols on February 9, 1902 in Fort Madison, Lee, Iowa. As the 1910 Missouri Census shows they were in Union, Laclede, Missouri where Sylvia was six years old at the time. Her mother Gertrude W Nichols died in 1919. In the Missouri Census of 1920 it shows that the family now resided in Springfield, Greene, Missouri; Nellie was nineteen and Sylvia was seventeen.
|Name:||William A Holmes|
|Service Info.:||SGT US ARMY WORLD WAR I|
|Birth Date:||21 Dec 1898|
|Death Date:||22 Jul 1971|
|Service Start Date:||23 May 1918|
|Interment Date:||26 Jul 1971|
|Cemetery:||Springfield National Cemetery|
|Cemetery Address:||1702 East Seminole Street Springfield, MO 65804|
|Buried At:||Section 34 Site 265|
Sylvia meant William “Billie” A Holmes after he had served in WW I while she was living in Springfield. Billie was born William Holmes on December 21, 1898 in Missouri. His parents were William A Holmes and Mary A Richards. William and Sylvia were married on March 9, 1920 in Springfield, Greene, Missouri.
In 1920 they started the lives together; William was a meat cutter at the J H Bridger Grocery Store in Springfield and that continued to be his profession at least through 1936.
In 1921 they had their first son, William “Billie” Holmes, Jr. in Springfield, Greene, Missouri and then on November 6, 1923 they welcomed a new daughter, Mary Helen Holmes.
Sylvia died on April 9, 1952 in Nevada, Vernon, Missouri at the young age of fifty years old and Billie died July 22, 1971 at the age of seventy-two years old. Billie is buried at the Springfield National Cemetery in Springfield, Greene, Missouri.
Gertrude W Nichols-Sells, Nellie Opal Sells-Brumley, Sylvia Pearl Sells-Holmes
My mother, Nancy Gertrude Brumley Weik never told me much about Sylvia except to say that they were always in competition with one another about various things over their lifetime.