Patricia Holmes, founder, creative genius lived beautifully from February 20th, 1959 until July 30th, 2018
Patricia Beth Holmes lived life beautifully from February 20th, 1959 until July 30th 2018
Patricia was an extraordinarily gifted, strong and fearless woman who lived a true artist’s lifestyle, fighting and doing it her way right until she was taken from us. 
She lived with her husband Greg Holmes, whom she met forty-three years ago at the A&P grocery store in Glen Ellyn, IL. Patricia and Greg have a son, Brandon Holmes who possesses her creative talents, speaks fluent Japanese and has the same kindness and personality as his mom. Patricia was a mother, wife, girlfriend, sister, daughter, artist, mentor, pastry chef, fashion model, business woman, textile lover, XRT listener, and beach rock collector who was and will always be unforgettable.
Her life included appearances on Oprah, fashion shows with Gianni Versace, and print ads with Halle Berry and Cindy Crawford during her fashion career.  Patricia changed the pastry and dessert world when she founded Spirit Bear Company Baking and in the early nineties, with locations in Hinsdale, IL and Geneva, IL. Her gifted artistic talents, combined with her self-taught cooking and baking skills, allowed her to create beautiful, delicious and fun 3-D cookie sculptures and other sculpted culinary creations that always tasted as good as they looked.
The family will be planning a Life Celebration in honor of Patricia in Chicago in September at a date to be determined.
She is survived by her husband Greg and son Brandon along with seven siblings, including Cynthia (Kenneth) Seidler, Dr. Peter (Mary Pat) Fries, Timothy (Carol) Fries, Elizabeth (John) Wilson, Robert (Laurie) Fries, Mark (Curt Larson) Fries, and Louanne Fries. Patricia was aunt and great-aunt to many nieces and nephews.  The family is accepting donations to help offset significant medical costs. Donations can be made at

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