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B. Margaret (Peg) Bankers

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B. Margaret (Peg) Bankers Obituary
B. Margaret (Peg) Bankers

B. Margaret (Peg) Bankers, 93, of Sioux Falls, SD, passed into the arms of the Lord on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at Dougherty Hospice House. A funeral mass will be offered at 10:30am on Monday, October 30 at Christ the King Catholic Church in Sioux Falls, SD. Family visitation will occur at 9:30am in the church, and a luncheon will follow the service. Memorials to Dougherty Hospice House in Sioux Falls are requested in lieu of flowers.

Peg was born Bertha Margaret Ristad on August 17, 1924, in Hallock, MN, to parents Olof and Maria. At the age of 13 Peg left home to attend boarding school in Crookston, MN. Later she attended secretarial college in Fargo, ND, where she met and fell in love with Curtis L. Bankers, a soldier. She traveled alone by train to an Air Force base in West TX where they were married on June 4, 1944.

Peg deeply cherished her role as matriarch; she was "the mother", as she liked to say, a domestic engineer and a force to be reckoned with. Seeing to it that her seven children were physically and spiritually nourished, clothed and educated was her most important professional accomplishment. Beyond that she was a beloved secretary for 15 years in Westside Community Schools of Omaha where she had a great many friends and impacted the lives of countless students.

In the spring of 1985 she and Curt retired, sold their home, purchased a motorhome and traveled the country for two years before moving back to Omaha when Curt became ill. After Curt's death in 1987, Peg moved to Sioux Falls where she volunteered at Avera Hospital, played bridge and participated in her children and grandchildren's lives. She loved to travel to and with family and was noted for getting in her car and taking long road trips to Denver and other places well into her 80s.

Peg and Curt were blessed with seven children and their spouses, Gerald (Lani), Kay Jackson (John), Tom (LeAnna), Paul (Peggy), David (Sue), Mary Lubeck (Jerry) and Richard (Alex), as well as 16 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Published in The Argus Leader on Oct. 28, 2017
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