Banks, Marie Irene (née Menzies)

Banks, Marie Irene (née Menzies)

November 18th, 2018

BANKS, Marie Irene (née Menzies)

March 24, 1932 – November 18, 2018

Marie Banks, wife of Douglas R. Banks for 64 years, passed away on Sunday, November 18, 2018, in the Palliative Care Unit of Victoria Hospital, London after a strenuous battle with various forms of cancer.

Marie was born in the United Church parsonage in Fullarton (Perth County), to the late Rev. Albert Menzies and Irene (Walls) Menzies. Marie and her family moved to Lambeth when very young, for her pre-school years, and then to Londesborough (Huron County), for her elementary education. The family then moved to Charing Cross, Kent County where Marie completed her secondary school education at Blenheim High School. She then moved to London by herself and attended London Normal School, (University of Western Ontario Faculty of Education), where she met her future husband, Douglas Banks. Marie taught in one-room schools for two years, then taught primary classes for another two years, after which she retired to raise her family of two children, Randall (Randy) and Carolyn.

In the classroom, Marie very much enjoyed teaching the primary children, and was very proud of the success she had in teaching reading and music, being certificated in these subjects and even tutoring neighbourhood children who were having reading difficulties.

She also enjoyed participating in church activities, having done so since her childhood in a cleric’s family. Before she retired from choir singing, she and her husband were both awarded certificates for having each served in church choirs for over 65 years.

Marie joined her husband during his days of being involved as a high school teacher and a part-time professor, and at the same time operated up to three businesses. Marie took the role of office manager and home manager while Doug was volunteering for various non-profit and professional organizations. Their combined success was largely due to Marie’s home management.

Marie was predeceased by her brother, Beecher Menzies of Clinton, and her sister-in-law, JoAnne (Warwick) Menzies of Toronto. These two are survived by their spouses, V.M. (Peggy Dippell) Menzies of Clinton and J. Alex Menzies of Toronto.

Marie is survived by her husband, Douglas Banks and their two children, Randall (Randy) Banks, and his wife Monique (Bennett) Banks and their children, Caelan and Mackenzie. Marie is also survived by their daughter, Carolyn and her husband, John Horn, as well as their two sons, Alexander and David. Also survived by her brother-in-law, Darryl Banks and his wife Cathie (Rogers). Missed by several nieces and nephews. 

A sincere appreciation is extended from Marie’s family to all those who assisted in easing her pain, extending her predicted life, while at the same time doing so with care, comfort and professionalism.

A visitation will be held at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Thursday, November 22, 2018 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., where the funeral service will be conducted on Friday, November 23, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Marie are asked to consider the London Scottish Rite Learning Centre for the free remedial tutoring of children affected with dyslexia. Alternatively, you may choose to contribute to the William Mercer Wilson Non-Profit Centre, for those needing affordable housing, the London Regional Cancer Program, or the charity of your choice. 


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Ronney & Evelyn HornDear Doug and Family. We are so sorry for your loss. Marie will be greatly missed. We extend our deepest sympathy. Ron & Evelyn
Dereck and Jackie HietkampSo sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you at this difficult time. Jackie and Dereck xxx
Beth & Onorio FeletDoug, Randy, Carolyn and families - our deepest sympathies in the loss of Marie. She was a strong, caring and compassionate woman, fiercely proud of her family, and she will be missed. We offer our prayers that you find comfort in her memories, and peace from the love of your family and friends.
Neila Christine Lawsonmy deepest sympathies.. I remember Marie from the choir days at Centennial United Church... She is singing with the heavenly choir now.. Blessings Neila
Sara FerreiraSincerest condolences to Carolyn and family
Harold WallsSo sorry to read of Marie's passing, she obviously had a very rewarding life. Our condolences to Doug and all the family. (Cousin) Harold and Barbara Walls
(Cousin) John & Mary WallsDoug & Family; We were sorry to hear of Marie's passing. Thinking of you at this sad time.
Brian CrossDear Douglas,Randall,and family;our family is so very sorry to here of the very recent passing of a truly fine citizen and true humanitarian to everyone she met in her life through her teaching careeres at various local schools or wjile in attendance ay likewise many social gatherings or numerous trips around our great country and abroad we trust as a family unit or likewise with doug in tow for many years ,her loving devoted husband of impeccable character and words f wisdom for al their friends and family members to this day and beyond for many more years with god leading the wat as always we trust to better times ahead for you all in your perspective career aspirations and lives forthcoming in the future we trust from this point forward for many more years okay.dDoug was my home room teacher in Grade 11 at Westminister Secondary highschool here in London,Ontario,from September 1970-June 1971,what a super great guy he was and still is to this very day with a few more grey hairs as we all have for sure ,this young gentleman of 65 years and counting does also these days.i can recall him standing by the home room classroom door with that ever present genuime dmile om hid face amd a warm handshale and a genuine smile on his face for the student population oberall at the school plus a kind and encouraging words of wisdom amd knowledge gathered over many years to make us reacj our various goalls in our lives and chosen career pathways which each of the students had chosen in their persprctives lives per se to this very day to garner ultimate success in each of their lives as alatys.Thanjs so much dear and wonderful friend as always,yours Sincerely Brian Cross,Harry and Darlene TenHaaf London,Ontario,Bremda and Doug Martin Scarborough,Ontario.
Glenn & Jane BeaversSorry to hear about Marie passing. Our condolences to you & your family.
Sheila and Jim DuffinDear Doug and Family with deepest sympathy for your loss.
Alex sempleMr. Banks, my condolences on the passing of your wife. You may not remember me, but you were my guidance counsellor and you taught me geography many, many years ago at Westminster. I recall how much I enjoyed your classes, particularly your slide shows of various geographic features. Your teaching had a very positive influence on me in those formative years. I wish you all the best in this difficult time. Alex
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