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Mary Beth (Yoders) Banning

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Mary Beth (Yoders) Banning


Mary Beth Banning, 92, passed away April 15, 2014, at her home in rural Ankeny. She was born November 21, 1921, in Berwick, Iowa, to Forest and Louise Yoders.

Mary Beth was an active member of Berwick Congregational Church where she served as the church organist, and was involved with the choir and Berwick Women's Club. She was an accomplished pianist and vocalist. Mary Beth was a secretary at Cornell Elementary School for 15 years. She enjoyed traveling, especially to her cottage in Minnesota, and she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Mary Beth is survived by her loving husband of 68 ½ years, Gerald; sons, Stephen (Bettye) Banning, and Brian (Janet) Banning; daughter-in-law, Sheryl Banning; grandchildren, Stephen (Jen Marie) Banning II, Keith (Jennifer) Banning, Jeffrey Banning, Hollie (Troy) Harmison, Braden (Karissa) Banning, Douglas (fiancé, Krystale Brett Gardner) Banning, David (Carli) Banning, and Erik (Jaclyn) Banning; 10 great-grandchildren; as well as her sisters, Frances Bullington of Bettendorf, IA, and Margaret "Peggy" Lundahl of Indianola, IA. She was preceded in death by her son, Mark Banning.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at Hamilton's near Highland Memory Gardens, 121 NW 60th Avenue in Des Moines, with burial following at Berwick Cemetery. The family will greet friends Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Berwick Congregational Church in loving memory of Mary Beth.

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Published in Des Moines Register on Apr. 17, 2014
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