Photos (10) Add Images
Places mentioned on this page
Connected Pages Add Page
Links Add Link
Share Alta's Memorial page on Facebook
About this page
Anyone can contribute to this page. Please sign in or sign up—it's free.
Alta L. Holmes Ennis 1918-2009 /Red cross Nurse
2009 | Doylestown, PA
Alta Lynette (Holmes) Ennis Date of Birth: July 22, 1918 Date of Death: January 07, 2009 Country of Birth: United States Place of Birth: Perkasie, PA Place of Death: Grant, FLA Memberships: 321st Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Squad, Edward (1914-2005) Husband of Alta for 64 Years. WW II B 25 Mitchells in the MTO. 57th Bomb Wing Biography:
Alta Holmes Ennis, of Perkasie and formerly of Doylestown, PA, and Melbourne, FL, died Wednesday, January 7, 2009, at her daughter’s home in Grant, FL. She was 90. She was the wife of the late Edward C. Ennis who died January 25, 2005. Born in Doylestown, PA, she was a daughter of the late Harris and Nora (Pflieger) Holmes. A 1936 graduate of Doylestown High School and a 1939 graduate of Abington Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, she went on to the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School to study operating technique. During World War II, she taught operating technique at the Michael Reese Medical Center in Chicago, IL. A homemaker most of her life, Mrs. Ennis was a member of the Village Improvement Association, Doylestown, and served on the Doylestown Hospital Board of Directors for many years. She was a member of the Perkasie Historical Society, and she was active with the Michener Art Museum, Doylestown. An avid golfer, Mrs. Ennis was a member and former Club Champion of the Doylestown Country Club. Her interests included playing the piano and organ, the arts, sewing, gardening, fishing and cooking. She also enjoyed knitting for her grandchildren and creating Christmas ornaments, as well as furniture refinishing. She is survived by four daughters, Lynette Ann Reichner and her husband Ronald, of Grant, FL, Barbara Jan Connolly and her husband Paul, of Prescott, AZ, Patricia Louise Linebaugh, of Sellersville, PA, and Alison Ennis Wright and her husband Melvin “Rocky”, of Perkasie; a son, Edward Charles Ennis, Jr., of Florida; 9 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; and a sister, Janet Holmes Linsenmaier, of Danboro, PA. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, January 14, 2009, at 10:00 AM in St. Agnes Catholic Church, 445 N. Main Street, Sellersville, PA.
Barbi Ennis Connolly PRINCESSBARBI_B25@msn.com
Alta Lynette (Holmes) Ennis
2009 | Doylestown, PA
Edward married Alta Holmes Ennis 21 Mar '42, at "Old St. Mary's Catholic Church" in Chicago, where she was working at Michael Reese Hospital. (although he met her near her hometown, Doylestown, PA.....a blind-date :) He then entered the AAC as a Radio/Gunner, then learned the1st Application of the Top-Secret Airborne RADAR. He flew across Atlantic Feb.'43 with Gen. Bob Knapp's 321st Bomb Group in the Med. Bomber B 25 Mitchell. The "now-famous 1st crossing of the Atlantic", an entire Group, without loss of a single ship.
T/Sgt Ed Ennis spent 13 months in Africa/Italy flying Combat Missions, surviving a crash after takeoff, complete loss (1 man died) 4 Oct.'43. (The 1st Group on the mainland of Italy, the 1st day). After returning from the MTO, he went to several bases then settled down to run the Field and Tower at Bradley Field, Conn. with his new friend, Lt Howard Roedl, untill the war ended.
After the war, Ed returned to Alta's Home-town of Doylestown PA with their 2 daughters, then their family grew with 2 more daughters and 1 son. They built a beautiful home for their family and Ed opened a floor covering business, Barb-Lin Floor Covering... successful owner/operator until retirement, mid-1970's, when Ed and Alta retired to Fla. and Golf ! They were very patriotic and civic minded, Ed joined the Lions Club, 14 years on the Doylestown Borough Council, Loyal Order of the Moose and Bowling League. As an avid golfer, Ed was a co-founder of the Montgomeryville Golf and CC and a long time member of the Doylestown Country Club. Ed, Alta and their family also enjoyed their summer home on the N.J. side of the Delaware River, Byram, for water-skiing and family fun in the '60 and 70's. They then had over 20 years of fun in the sun, ocean and sand .... boating, fishing and golfing in Florida !
Alta loved golfing especially, although she was a real Pro at fishing, especially off the sea wall at their home on the Indian River. Alta could clean a fish of any size in record time :)
Edward and Alta moved back to Bucks County, PA in the 1990's and Edward lived to be over 90, passing quietly on 25 Jan. 2005. They were married just shy of 63 years. On this date as I write this story, Ed's wife, Alta was 90 years and 5 and 1/2 mo. old when she passed on 7 Jan. 2009 and daughter, Barbi is now a Researcher for the 57th Bomb Wing, and the Historian for his Group, the 321st Bomb Group. The B 25 Mitchells of the 12th Air Force.
Barbara Ennis Connolly, Prescott, AZ 14 June, 2009
Alta and Ed Ennis
1970's | Ft Pierce, Fla
Ed retired about 1974 and sold his owner/operator Carpet/Floor Covering business "Barb-Lin" in Cross Keys, just outside of Doylestown. They had had their summer home on the Delaware since the early 1960's, "Byram" (between Stockton and Frenchtown, NJ.) for swimming in the River, and a Jet-Boat for water-skiing . . . ah ! 5 children to keep busy, they spent summers there :) .......as well as a 31 ft. Airstream and had been checking out the country, most often landing in Florida where they found an "Ourdoor Sports" Park near Ft Pierce, Fla to leave the Airstream. After selling the Doylestown home we were all raised in.... at 334 E Ashland St, a "Lou Nash" built brick large Colonial home, they lived at the River house and wintered at Florida. . . . SOoooo much "Fun in the Sun and Sand in the Shorts" playng golf and boating, they built a stunning home on Hutchenson Island, a barrier Island across the Inland water-way from Ft. Pierce and bought a much bigger boat for fishing. Their home faced the 3 miles of inland waterway across to the mainland of Florida.
After a few years and loosing interest in fishing, they moved to SunTree Golf and Country Club in Melbourne....a smaller home, but were restless (also during this time, Ed has 2 years of bladder cancer treatment before surgery) so they bought a lovely large home on the Golf Course at SUN TREE, Fla. just a few blocks away. . . . this was also a grand home and the family made many "Reunions" there. Ed turned "80" there !
In the very late 1980's, Ed had an unsuccessful cataract surgery that left him with very little sight, and less than a year later, he had a TIA and fell, breaking the globe of the other eye and was permanently blinded. Alta had been through Chemo for Lymphoma and was in remission, and both had other odd things going on, so were talking about returning to Bucks County (MY DAD "Always the Kidder" said "To be near our cemetery plots !") Ed mentioned this to Alison, their youngest who lives in Perkasie still and the very next day her husband Rocky (Has his own extremely successful carpet business , "Wright Flooring") had found the "exact" home !
Perfect ! And it WAS :) They had to say yes or no, sight unseen and they said yes ! This just before Ed was blinded, or who knows what kind of decision they felt they COULD have made ? So, Barbi and Paul drove from AZ to help move, the Moving Van took their "considerable" amount of Treasures while Alta drove Ed in their Van, Barbi and Paul hauled Alta's new car (on a car hauler) and thus they made it back to Bucks County PA. This was to be the perfect home, youngest Alison living only a few miles/minutes away in one direction (Perkasie also) while 3rd daughter, Patty lived a few more miles/minutes away in the other direction, Sellersvile !
We had Many-MANY wild and wooly moments there, it being very near the "Hometown" Alta was born in, (and her parents Harris and Nora Holmes, Harris (and his father, Crossley) had the major employment Co in the town, "Clear Creek" Worsted Mill behind thier home on Main street in Doylestown) .....and Perkasie was the hometown that Alta's Mother Nora Pflieger-Homes and her family were also from Perkasie, all being in the local cemetery. HOIME. . . Home-Sweet-Home! Barbi