Ora Lee Holmes was born January 28, 1928, in Marion, Arkansas, to loving parents, Percy and Leora Allen, who preceded her in death. Out of this union three children were born, Ora Lee Holmes (oldest), Roosevelt Cooper, who preceded her in death and Rosa Lee James.
In 1946, the family moved from Little Rock, Arkansas, to New Haven, Connecticut, and later relocated to Los Angeles, California. In 1947, Ora Lee gave birth to her oldest daughter, Mary L. Hawkins. She later met and married Houston Holmes, and from this union Cathleen Holmes was born. Ora Lee accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of Greater Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend R. D. Curry. Ora Lee was employed by the Beverly Hillcrest Hotel as a housekeeper. She was a dedicated worker who was loved by her boss, co-workers and guests. She was also a professional hairdresser.
Ora Lee was a devoted and loving daughter, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and friend. Many that knew her called her Sista. Nanny, Beauty Queen and Boo-ka. Ora Lee loved spending time with her family and simply enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. She was a caring, loving, strong and very independent woman who left a legacy behind. Those who knew her will truly cherish the memories of this remarkable woman.
On October 4, 2013, Ora Lee Holmes departed this lift to be with the Lord. She leaves to cherish her precious memory, her sister, Rosa Lee James of San Bernardino, CA; two daughters, Mary L. Hawkins of Inglewood, CA and Cathleen Holmes of Los Angeles, Ca, grandchildren Elizabeth Tutt, Dezerre Holmes, Mrs. Merelle Anthony (Jerome), Mrs. Oddra Strickland (John), David Scott, Jr. and Luchie Bennette; great grandchildren, Dondre, Danny Jr., Roman, Faith, Joshua, Matthew, Justin, Karysma, Sophia and Sara Marie; great-great grandchildren, Abby, Noriah, Da'Niyah and Sache; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.