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Milissa Jo Codden- Holmes

March 07, 1959 - February 17, 2021



Milissa Jo Codden- Holmes of Cadillac went to be with her Savior, Christ Jesus, Wednesday afternoon, February 17, 2021 at her home. She was 61.

Milissa was born March 7, 1959 in Cadillac to Raymond A. and Arlene A. (Hill) Codden, Jr.

She graduated from Cadillac high School in 1977. Milissa was a cheerleader when KISS came to Cadillac and developed many lasting friendships.

Milissa later married Dale Holmes and co- owned Holmes Logging with him, taking care of all the business administrative needs. Milissa went onto work as a pharmacy technician at Cadillac Family Pharmacy as well as Munson Healthcare Cadillac Hospital. Over the years Milissa worked in various positions at the hospital from the emergency department to registration, making baked goods for every department.

Milissa loved to bake and cook and shared that with her sons. She had a heart for Jesus and loved serving others. Milissa was warm and welcoming to everyone. She also loved her cats, Baby and Hank.

During her recent health complications she remained strong in her faith, fully relying on Jesus for strength and comfort. She never wavered, but always held onto the hope for Salvation that is freely offered to all those who believe.

She is survived by her sons, Parker (Lauren) Holmes of LeRoy and Hunter (Alexis) Holmes of Marion; Dale Holmes of LeRoy; her mother, Arlene Codden of Cadillac; sisters, Connie Boerema of Traverse City , Mary (Brian) Jones of Grand Rapids; nieces and nephews: Stephanie Walters, Tyler (Corinne) Jones, their son, Wyatt, Lauren Jones, Trey (Astrid) Jones.

Milissa was preceded in death by her father, Ray in 1982 and her special Aunt Arlene.

Memorial visitation will be held Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm at the Peterson Funeral and Cremation Services in Cadillac. Her final resting place will be Mount Carmel Cemetery in Cadillac.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. An online guestbook is available at

Guest Book

  • Pollyanna Torres - Feb 18th, 2021 12:16 pm

    "Forever in my heart dear friend...... we went through so many things together , shared so much life, my life will surely have a void without your presence in it....... until we meet again .......♥️"

  • Diana Feeley Carpenter - Feb 18th, 2021 1:08 pm

    "Milissa has always been a beautiful friend. She was married to my cousin Dale Holmes but considered her my cousin too. She will be missed but I know she is now free of pain. Continued prayers for her family🙏🏼 "

  • wayne johnson - Feb 18th, 2021 1:58 pm

    "One of the greatest ladies I ever knew RIP Milissa love you oh by the way now your with a great man up there and his name is Ray !"

  • Jerry & Diane Leavell - Feb 18th, 2021 2:01 pm

    "So saddened to learn of Melissa’s passing. We’ve known the Codden family for many, many years. We pray for God’s loving strength and comfort for the family as you mourn the loss of such a fine young person. "

  • Delcine Copella - Feb 18th, 2021 3:21 pm

    "Milissa, you opened my heart with your smile. You were and will always be my sweet inspiration. I asked my sister to take your hand and walk with you in heaven. Love you my sweet friend 💙💙💙"

  • Catherine (Hileman) Ball - Feb 19th, 2021 3:54 am

    "Sorry for your loss. Sounds like she was a very loving person. Prayers for family and friends."

  • Roxeanne Gustafson - Feb 19th, 2021 3:56 am

    "Milissa was such a nice person. She will be missed. Praying for her family. "

  • Pierre LaMonde - Feb 19th, 2021 3:56 am

    "Melissa, although I haven't seen you since high school I have been praying for you and for your family. God bless you and yours... Heaven got a bright new angel..."

  • DANIEL BROOKS - Feb 19th, 2021 4:48 am

    "My sympathy to the family. Arlene, Connie, had a real special lady in your family. May GOD bless you all."

  • Denise - Feb 19th, 2021 6:28 am

    "So sad to hear of Milissa's passing. Very blessed to have met her and spend time talking with her the last couple of years before her illness restricted visitors. She was so very sweet and had such a fun sense of humor. She so loved spending time with her sons and was always exciting about cooking and baking for them. She told me how grateful she was for her daughters-in-law and for the help from her husband, and how excited she was for visits from her sisters and mother. She loved how Hank made her laugh every day. She will be missed."

  • Mary (Porter) Stubbs - Feb 19th, 2021 7:32 am

    "Although I’ve only seen Millisa a few times since high school, I have such fond memories from our cheerleading days: cheering on the Vikings, going to cheerleading camp and of course the homecoming when KISS came to town. She was a very kind person with a contagious smile. I’m so very sorry for your loss."

  • Jim Neff - Feb 19th, 2021 7:57 am

    "Milissa's kindness was effortless. She always had a good word for all and lifted everyone's spirits. She will always be an integral part of Cadillac's KISStory. She will be missed, but fondly remembered. "

  • Jean Schember - Feb 19th, 2021 9:22 am

    "Rest in peace Milissa, Your beautiful smile will be missed. "

  • Camille (Boehle) Lipke - Feb 19th, 2021 9:37 am

    "My prayers for peace and comfort for Melissa's family! She was always kind and compassionate! Rest in peace!"

  • Jim Neff - Feb 19th, 2021 9:48 am

    "From Gene Simmons: “Our prayers go out to the family. Very sad.” From Paul Stanley: “ My condolences to all.”"

  • Cindy Holmes - Feb 19th, 2021 10:20 am

    "I will miss your bright beautiful face and smile! You were my sister in law and friend forever! I know you are in good hands now and pain free! Watch over us from above and know that you were very loved and will be missed dearly! Until we meet again! PS, give John a big hug for me! ❤️🤗😘🌷💖. "

  • Brad and Margaret Byron - Feb 19th, 2021 12:29 pm

    "We are so sorry for the loss of Milissa! She will be greatly missed. We take comfort in her release from the pain she suffered and that she is now in the presence of Jesus. Much love and prayers to you all in this very sad time! Brad and Margaret "

  • Karla Rossell Wright - Feb 19th, 2021 1:35 pm

    "Oh, Dear Milissa, I'm so saddened by the news. We had plan's to visit each other since you moved in our park. I'm sorry honey that it never happened because of the Covid. We will see each other again someday so we can chat up a storm. Love you, girl! Until we meet again. Love ,Karla"

  • Mary Kareus - Feb 19th, 2021 2:11 pm

    "Hunter and Parker, We are sorry to hear of your Mother's passing. You have our deepest sympathy. Tell your Grandma Arlene, we send our deepest sympathy. We think of her often. Love. Leonard and Mary(Codden) Kareus Gladwin MI"

  • Devan Ward - Feb 19th, 2021 4:01 pm

    "I will forever miss you, one of my best friends. A piece of my heart left when you did, but I'm forever grateful for having known you. You were a gift from God to everybody you came in contact with, and I can't imagine the joy you're feeling to stand in his light forever. My condolences to the family, I'm sorry I've not had the opportunity to meet you all, but she was a light in my life - She took a broken 17 year old kid on a KISS trip to Cadillac and gave him the love and encouragement I so needed at that point in my life. God bless you all, my prayers and love are with you."

  • Robert Langworthy - Feb 19th, 2021 4:28 pm

    "So Sorry to hear of Millissa passing, prayers going out to the Family!!!"

  • Marilyn Visser - Feb 19th, 2021 5:24 pm

    "Parker and Hunter - Your mom's Savior was the focal point of her life, but after that the sun rose and set on the two of you! She was a devoted and loving mom and she often loved on your friends too. I am praying that God's peace washes over you as you grieve. "

  • Pat Donahue - Feb 19th, 2021 6:59 pm

    "My heart is breaking. You were always an amazing sweet friend. Your leaving has rocked my world more than you will ever know. God has received an amazing angel. "

  • Charis Schepers - Feb 20th, 2021 11:26 am

    "Milissa was such a kind, generous, and loving woman. She was full of light. She was my go-to during one of the hardest times of my life, and I will always remember how she supported me and made me laugh through a challenging time. She opted her door and heart to me and so many of our friend in high school. Will cherish memories of sitting around her table listening to her embarrass Parker <3"

  • Kenneth Tacoma - Feb 20th, 2021 3:12 pm

    "Cathy and I are so very sorry to learn of the passing of Milissa. Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family. We remember fondly the years when she was our neighbor raising Hunter and Parker in the subdivision. She was always friendly, kind and thoughtful. God bless and comfort you all."

  • Deb Deur - Feb 20th, 2021 4:58 pm

    "Parker and Hunter, I am so sorry for your loss. Every time I saw your mom she was so eager to share all your accomplishments with me. It was always so obvious she was proud of both of you and longed for God's blessings in your life. I will be praying for you in the days and weeks to come. May God bless you with peace and comfort as you remember your mom. With Love, Miss Deur"

  • Diana Thomas - Feb 20th, 2021 6:16 pm

    "Arlene, I am so very sorry for the Loss of your Dear Daughter, Milissa. She was always so sweet and kind to me at the pharmacy. May all the wonderful memories you have of her bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead. You and your Family are in my prayers."

  • CHS - Feb 21st, 2021 9:36 pm

    "Forever a FAN. Class of 76""

  • John Porter - Feb 22nd, 2021 9:56 am

    "So saddened to hear of her passing. Milissa was a sweet, sweet person. My condolences to her family."

  • Brenda - Feb 25th, 2021 9:52 am

    "My condolences go out to the whole family. She always spoke very highly of you all and never liked being confined to her home and cherished the days she could open the doors and have you all back in her home to hug. It was such a pleasure to work with Milissa and help coordinate her care over the last year. Our conversations were always lovely and we both so cherished sharing the love of God! She will be dearly missed but grateful that heaven just took in another angel! Blessings! "

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