Published DateCENTER HARBOR — Shirley Joy Banks, 86, of Center Harbor, passed away at the Golden View Healthcare Center, in Meredith, on Monday, February 4, 2013, after a brief illness.
Born on May 4, 1926, in Jamaica Plain, Boston, MA, she was the daughter of Kenneth R. and Muriel Joy (Ingram) Lynde. Shirley was raised in Newton, MA, graduating from the Newton High School, class of '44.
For a time she lived in Chicago, IL and returned to Wellesley, MA in 1954 to raise her family with her beloved husband, Donald S. Banks. Shirley was a dedicated homemaker, loving wife and mother who cared deeply for her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. In 1982, she and Donald retired to Center Harbor where they have spent many joyful years together.
In her life Shirley was a volunteer for over 25 years at the Red Cross of Wellesley, MA, she also volunteered for the Community Home, Health & Hospice, of Laconia, and was a member of the Caregivers of Center Harbor. Shirley was a dedicated member of the 1stCongregational Church of Meredith, and had many hobbies, some of which included gardening and reading, she was also an avid golfer, and was a member of the Waukewan Golf Course's Ladies League.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Donald S. Banks, in 2009.
Shirley is survived by her four sons, Donald S. Banks, Jr. and wife Lynette, of Wellesley Hills, MA, Steven Banks and wife Susan, of Merrimack, NH, Douglas Banks and wife Cindy, of Bowling Green, VA, and Kenneth Banks and wife Valerie, of Hopkinton, MA; twelve grandchildren, Jeremy Banks and wife Robin, Joy Mello and her husband Sam, Jessica Banks, Danielle Banks, Victoria Parisi and her husband Michael, Allison Doherty and her husband James, Julia Banks, Steven Banks, Jr., Shawn Banks and his wife Jennie, Jason Banks, Tonya Banks, and Kristyl Banks, and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at Mayhew Funeral Home (Rtes. 3 & 104), Meredith at 11:00 am. Rev. Russell Rowland, pastor of the 1st Congregational Church of Meredith will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Shirley's memory to the Community Home Health and Hospice, of Laconia (centralvna.org) or to the 1st Congregational Church of Meredith, PO Box 533, Meredith, NH 03253
Mayhew Funeral Homes & Crematorium of Meredith and Plymouth are handling the arrangements. For Shirley's Book of Memories:www.mayhewfuneralhomes.com