ELIZABETHTOWN—Florence T. Banks, 96, of Elizabethtown, passed away Monday, June 07, 2010, at the Horace Nye Home hospice, following a brief illness.
She was born Florence Buck Taylor in Waltham, Mass, on May 31, 1914. She was graduated from Waltham High School and worked in retail sales until her marriage in 1939 to Earl A. Banks.
The couple had four children and they lived in various locations throughout the eastern United States and, during the Second World War, in Long Beach, Calif. They divorced in Massachusetts in 1955, and she later moved back to Southern California, where she worked for Orange County and, later, for the California First Bank of San Diego.
She retired in 1979, and in 1982 returned to Waltham, Mass., where she lived until moving to Keene Valley Neighborhood House a decade later.
She quickly earned a reputation as a popular, energetic member of the community, and she delighted in visiting with neighbors and her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She devoted much of her time to writing, publishing three books: My Autobiography: As I Remember It; Home in the Valley; and An Earthly Journey.
She is survived by her daughter Linda Banks of Concord, NH; her son Russell Banks and his wife Chase Twichell of Keene and Saratoga Springs; her son Stephen Banks and his wife Anna of Princeton, ID; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her son, Christopher Alan Banks in 1959.
A memorial service to celebrate her life was held at 11 a.m., Thursday, June 17, at the Westport Bible Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations in her name may be made to the North Country SPCA.
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