Enid Marguerite White Holmes, 99, died June 26, 2020.

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ENID HOLMES

Enid Marguerite White Holmes, 99, a world traveler and proud matriarch, died peacefully at Kendal of Lexington on June 26, 2020.

She was born in Brookline, Mass., on April 7, 1921, the daughter of Charles Albert White and Clara E. Mersereau White.

Enid was a serious athlete as a teenager. She rode horses as a student at Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Mass., and at Camp Teela Wooket in Roxbury, Vt. She took tennis lessons from Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, who dominated women’s tennis before World War I and who was the founder of the Wightman Cup, still an annual team competition between American and British women. She attended Bryn Mawr College for two years and then transferred to Radcliffe College, where she met a West Point graduate from Allentown, Pa., Howard Lewis Peter. They were married in April of 1942, knowing that Howard was soon to go off to war.

Four months later, Lt. Peter shipped out as a member of the 1st Division to participate in the U.S. invasion of German-occupied North Africa. Enid learned she was pregnant after Howard left for Algeria, and they wrote back and forth about possible names for their child. Howard was killed in Tunisia in the Ousseltia Valley on Jan. 28, 1943, two months before the birth of daughter Aine, which means a spring, the source of all life, in Arabic.

Enid and her second husband, naval Lieutenant Commander Edward H. Peterson, were married on Aug. 15, 1943, in the chapel at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Fla. After the war, they settled in Scotch Plains, N.J., where her father-in-law was a Baptist minister. Edward adopted Aine, and they had five children, Paula, Edward, David, Carter (who died at birth), and Joel (who died in 2015). In 1965, Enid moved to Moultonboro, N.H. She married J. Dudley Holmes on Dec. 17, 1969, when her love of travel began.

Dudley was a retired vice president for international sales for Magnus Chemical Co., which required substantial foreign travel. They traveled extensively after their marriage, and Enid traveled widely after Dudley’s death on April 15, 1976. The Travelers Century Club recognizes 311 countries or regions around the world; Enid visited 254. An inveterate photographer, especially of any animal she saw, she created large photo albums of her trips, which she loved looking at in later years.

A few years after Dudley’s death, Enid began spending her winters in Lexington near her daughter Aine (A.P.). She gradually moved to Lexington full time, finally settling at Kendal at Lexington in 2011.

Enid is survived by four children, Aine Marguerite Smith (Hampden) of Lexington, Edward C. of Calabash, N.C., Paula Runnells (John) of Oldwick, N.J., and David (Deborah) of Kensington, Calif., 15 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

A private service and burial will be at Trinity Cemetery in Holderness, NH, at a later date. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Kendal Staff Appreciation Fund, 160 Kendal Drive, Lexington VA 24450.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

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