Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012

Jessie M. Banks, 75, of Morton, died at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria.

Born May 10, 1937, in Kewanee to Clarence Wilbur and Mabel Adell (McVey) Pankake, she married A.P. Pryde on May 10, 1956, in Springfield. He preceded her in death in 1988. She later married Lewis A. Banks in September 1991 in Lovell, Wyo. He preceded her in death on Dec. 5, 2004.

She also was preceded in death by one great-grandchild and one brother.

Surviving are one daughter, Jo Ann (Joe) Leonard of Morton; one granddaughter; four great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; two sisters, LaDora Hawkins of East Peoria and Adell Moore of Peoria; and two brothers, David (Anita) Pankake of Texas and Clarence Miller of Peoria.

Jessie was the office manager at Service Master in East Peoria for five years, retiring in 2008. Prior to this, she worked several years as  a lunch room lady in Lovell, Wyo.

She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Morton, where services were held Dec. 5, with the Rev. Jeff Braun officiating. Visitation was Dec. 4 at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton, and prior to services Dec. 5 at the church. Burial was at Roberts Cemetery in Morton.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, West Central Regional Office, 4234 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61614.
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