SWANS ISLAND — Mary “Lennie” Catherine Banks passed away peacefully on Feb. 20, 2015. Her family is grateful that they were able to be by her side. Mary was born in Okmulgee, Okla., June 8, 1931, the daughter of James and Mary (Green) Lunney. She grew up in Oklahoma as the oldest of 10 children. She attended St. Anthony Catholic School and then went on to earn her nursing degree at St. Edward’s Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, Ark., in 1952.
Mary began her career as a nurse in Arkansas, where she met and married her husband, William H. Banks, on Dec. 29, 1953. After moving to Maine, Mary was an operating room nurse, first at Eastern Maine General Hospital, and then Waldo County General Hospital. After retirement, she embraced her greatest joy as Nana to 13 grandchildren. Known for her generous heart, she never missed an opportunity to load up her blue station wagon in search of a delightful adventure. Mary enjoyed shopping, traveling, swimming and keeping up with the many life events of her children and grandchildren.
She is survived by her children, Deborah and husband, Rick Collins, of Swanville, Rebecca and husband, Michael York, of Orrington, William and wife, Raylene Banks, of Swans Island, Constance and husband, Jeffery Card, of Frankfort, Carrie and husband, Kenneth Anderson, of New Gloucester, Liela and husband, James Johnson, of Holden; sisters Liz and husband, Burl Calsing, of Arkansas; “Babe” and husband, Chuck Gautier, of Texas; brother Tommy and wife, Nancy Lunney of Oklahoma; and sister-in-law Jeanette Lunney of Oklahoma; numerous nieces and nephews. Nana will be dearly missed by her grandchildren, Mylissa and husband, Travis Keene, Jacob and wife, Amy Anderson, Catherine Banks and husband, Matt Wilson, Lyndsy Collins, Lucas and wife, Elisabeth Anderson, Sarah and husband, Marc Turgeon, Erin and husband, Matthew Mackenzie, Liela Banks, William Johnson, Kimberly Banks, Emily Banks, Jackson York, and great-grandson Noah Turgeon. Mary was predeceased by her mother, father, five sisters, one brother and her beloved husband, William H. Banks.
Family and friends are invited to visiting hours Sunday, March 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., on Route 198, Mount Desert. A springtime graveside committal services will be announced and held at Mt. Hope Cemetery, 1048 State St., Bangor.
Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.