Ruth Maxine Banks, 89, of Mount Carmel, passed away Friday, May 26, 2017, at Oakview Heights Continuous care in Mount Carmel.

Ruth was born Wednesday, Dec. 28, 1927, in Edwards County, Illinois, the daughter of Clayton and Ethel Clark. She married Raymond Junior Banks on Sept. 15, 1943, in St. Louis, Missouri, and he preceded her in death on Sept. 16, 2009.

Ruth was a member of the Gospel Kingdom Church in Mount Carmel. She worked for the Montgomery Ward store for many years and enjoyed selling Avon. She also loved crocheting and canning.

She is survived by two children, Dixie Rae Mann of Mount Carmel and Steven Kent (Katie) Banks of West Palm Beach, Florida; six grandchildren, Melanie Banks, Page (Jay) Kuhlman, Shelly (T. J.) Uel, Denise (“Doc”) Rodgers, Kyle (Erin) Mann and Becky (Brandon) Hodgson; 19 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. She was known by her grandchildren as Grandma and Grams and great-grandchildren as Memaw and Grandma Ruth. Also surviving are siblings, Mary Nell Brock and Carl Clark, both from Albion.

Preceding her in death were her parents; an infant son; a son-in-law, Dean Mann; and her sisters, Dortha Albritton and Velma Smith.

Visitation will be Thursday, June 1, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gospel Kingdom Church, 1440 W. Third St., Mount Carmel, Illinois.

Funeral services will be Friday, June 2, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Gospel Kingdom Church with burial in Highland Memorial Cemetery, Mount Carmel.

Memorials may be made to the Gospel Kingdom Church, 1440 W. Third St., Mount Carmel, IL 62863 or Oakview Heights, 1320 W. Ninth St., Mount Carmel, IL 62863.

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Short-Cunningham Funeral Home is honored to serve Ruth’s family.

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