Beverly Banks

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Beverly Sheila Banks, 71, of Jackson died Sunday, May 29, 2011, at her home.

She was born Nov. 20, 1939, in St. Louis, to Irving and Estelle Shear Muller. She and Lloyd Banks Jr. were married Aug. 20, 1966. He died Sept. 14, 2005.

Banks graduated from Ladue High School in St. Louis, then attended Washington University a year and Southeast Missouri State University 2 1/2 years.

Beverly owned and operated the Gingerbread House Children's Day Care in Jackson 22 years, then worked as a paraprofessional with Jackson School District 14 years, retiring in 2009.

She was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church 34 years, a Sunday school teacher, served on the Sunday school board and evangelism board. She was a member of Jews for Jesus and had given many testimonials at various churches in the region, a member of Parents Without Partners, American Cancer Society Outreach, American Business Women's Association and a former member of the Jaycees.

Survivors include two daughters, Kimberly (Chuck) Dillman of Jackson, Heather (Shawn) Mansell of Kansas City, Mo.; two sisters, Rina (Paul) Kenkel of St. Louis, Fran (Whitey) Kuhn of Overland Park, Kan.; five grandchildren, Michael and Brittney Dillman, Miranda, Kayla and Alex Mansell.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Cracraft-Miller Funeral Home, and from 9 a.m. to service time Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the church, with the Rev. Robert Henrichs officiating. Burial will be in Cape County Memorial Park in Cape Girardeau.

Memorials may be made to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.