Jo Carolyn Holmes Caldwell, 86


Jo Carolyn Holmes Caldwell, 86, lost her determined battle with pulmonary fibrosis and passed away on May 4, 2018. She was born June 16, 1931, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Dorothea (Seiss) Holmes and Horace C. Holmes.

Caldwell grew up in Indianapolis, Mobile, Ala., and Tipton, Ind. She graduated from Tipton High School, attended Stephens College and graduated from Indiana University. A post-graduation trip to Europe on the ship Queen Elizabeth in 1953 fueled a life-long love affair with travelling.

Upon her return to the U.S., she moved to Chicago and became a ticket agent with American Airlines. Caldwell worked for American for many years, in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco. In 1957, she married Raymond W. Caldwell Jr., who preceded her in death in 2003. He was employed by the U.S. Customs Bureau and was transferred to Washington, D.C., in the 1960s. The couple relocated to Maryland, and Caldwell became a travel agent in Bethesda until her retirement.

The couple lived in San Francisco, Maryland and Delaware. They travelled extensively and, after retirement, spent time in Florida, Hawaii and Bethany Beach, Del. Following her husband’s death, Caldwell moved to Lewes, Del. She loved meeting new people and learning new things. She had a zest for life and a wonderful smile. She loved spending time with family and friends.

Caldwell is survived by many wonderful friends; three stepbrothers, Stephen Lett and his wife, Karen, of Bethany Beach, Mike Lett of Avon, Ind., and Thomas Lett of Tipton, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews. At her request, there will be no funeral service. A graveside service in Arlington Cemetery near Washington, D.C., was to be held at a later date.