McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


March 26, 2013

Mary Alice Banks

McALESTER — Mary Alice Banks, 71, of McAlester, died Friday, March 22, 2013, at St. John’s Medical Center in Tulsa.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Brumley-Mills Chapel with the Rev. Pam Shirk officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Brumley-Mills Funeral Home of McAlester.

Born April 4, 1941, in McAlester, she was the daughter of Lester and Lola (Barlow) Gann. She grew up here and graduated from Indianola High School as salutatorian.

She married Charles G. Banks in 1970 in Miami. She worked for Southwestern Bell then for Amos Construction Company in Oklahoma City as office manager and on-site bookkeeper.

She then moved to Arkansas where she worked as a real estate agent.

She enjoyed fishing, fine arts and was always willing to help anyone in need. She loved all animals and going on RV trips and hunting trips with her husband. Recently she enjoyed spending time at her lake home in the big sky area.

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Patti Carol Banks-Groshaus, Pea Ridge, Ark.; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Jack and Sheila Gann, Lawrence, Kan., Gary K. and Fernanda Gann, of Tulsa, and Wayne and Marilyn Gann, of McAlester; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Joy (Gann) Woody, of Crowder, and Pam (Gann) and Norman Tubb, Lowell, Ark., and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Charles G. Banks; two sisters, Earlene Bice and Carol Shackelford, and a brother, Larry Gann.

Pallbearers will be her nephews.

Honorary pallbearers will be friends from the Indian Springs RV Park.


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