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Mary E. Banker, 58, of the Recore Road, West Chazy, died Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at the UVM Health Network, CVPH in Plattsburgh, following a brief illness, with her loving family by her side.
Mary's birth name was chosen to honor the Virgin Mary and coincidentally, was called home on the holy day "The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary." Mary was born in Plattsburgh, June 1, 1959, the youngest daughter of Rufus "Bunk" and Irene (Spooner) LaValley. She grew up in Keeseville, graduated from AuSable Valley in 1977, married and raised three wonderful children.
Having been diagnosed with M.S. shortly after the birth of her third child, she never let that identify who she was. Her children and grandchildren were the light of her life. She lived a simple life and did not need material things to bring her joy. It was fishing, camping and Saturday night poker games with family that brought her happiness. Mary especially loved Christmas, the Hallmark Channel, shopping and decorating and had already completed her Christmas shopping for this upcoming year. It was the happiness that she brought to others that made her happy.
Mary is survived by her daughter, Nina Banker-Harmon; son, Nathan Banker; her fiance, Rob Shumway and his daughter Geena; grandchildren, Jayden Witherbee, Faith and Peyton Banker and Gina's daughter, Aubrey Shumway; siblings, Clara LaHue and her husband Harry, Richard LaValley and Betty Harris, Debbie Wells and her husband Mike, Avis Foster and her husband Ron, and Terry LaValley and his wife Cara; and several loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
Mary was predeceased by her first grandchild, Nicholas Joseph Banker II; her son, Nicholas Joseph Banker; mother, Irene LaValley (Shumway); and father, Rufus LaValley.
Calling hours will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 19, at the Hamilton Funeral Home, 124 Clinton Street, Keeseville. A Mass of Christian burial will follow at 1 p.m. in St. John's Church in Keeseville with Rev. Kris C. Lauzon, parish priest, celebrating. Committal prayers and burial will follow in the parish cemetery.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Elmore SPCA.
Arrangements are in the care of the Hamilton Funeral Home, 124 Clinton Street, Keeseville, 834-7667. To offer an online condolence, share a symbolic gesture, or share a photo in memory of Mary Banker please visit www.hamiltonfuneralhome.com
Published on August 17, 2017
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