|Birth: ||Sep. 30, 1924|
|Death: ||Aug. 7, 2008|
Milford: Lola passed away peacefully on a warm summer morning after a long and often difficult struggle with the ravages of Alzheimer's Disease. She fought a valiant battle over 10 years against an enemy that shackled her brain with heavy chains, stole her dignity and in the end beat her into physical submission. Her strength and endurance against this awful disease was an inspiration to everyone who watched from the sidelines. The family would like to thank the wonderful care givers both at the long term care center in Milford and at Cottage Glen in Tooele. Without their kindness and assistance this battle would have been much more difficult. Lola was born and raised and lived her entire life in Milford, Utah.
In 1944 during the dark moments of World War II she married her sailor hero, Gale Vinson Banks in Salt Lake City. After the war the couple settled in Milford, and started a life together that lasted until his death in 1999. Together they created a wonderful life.
They built a true "family home", which Lola maintained in better than perfect condition, raised four successful children, and helped establish the beautiful community that was Milford during their lives. Lola gave definition to the word "homemaker". Her home was always perfectly clean and reflected the care and work that she put into everything in her life. Her home never showed wear or dirt. Her home was so clean and ordered that strangers were often hesitant, lest they disturb the perfection of the magazine perfect scene. In the summer her yard was a place that cars randomly drove past just to see the beauty and variety of flowers and the manicured grass, and to watch the lady who pulled every stray weed and carefully trimmed each errant blade of grass.
She was legendary as a cook. She effortlessly prepared giant meals for a seemingly endless stream of guests both invited and uninvited. She always said no one would go hungry at her house, and she meant it. Holidays were her specialty with Thanksgiving dinners for large extended families being especially memorable. Every year on Memorial Day Lola's large extended family would gather from as far away as New York and California for what amounted to a week-long reunion. A week with as many as 30 or more relatives eating and sleeping and playing in her 2 bedroom home. She would happily provide space for sleeping bags and cots and, with no apparent effort, she directed a marathon of meal preparation that would start at dawn and extend until midnight. Memorial Day will never be the same. Lola was a tireless supporter of the community and served on numerous community boards and committees and gave generously of her time and treasure to the betterment of the entire community. She was proud of Milford and reveled at the community successes and mourned the setbacks. But, she always "Put her shoulder to the wheel" and moved forward-always forward. Lola worked extremely hard her entire life at what she considered the best job in the world, being a wife and mother, and she was very good at it.
Lola is survived by her children Gary (Alison) Banks of St George, Ut., Sue Ann (Thomas) McCarthy of Tooele, Ut., Shauna (Alan) Mayer of Milford, Ut., & Gina (Douglas) Applegate of Weiser, ID., ten grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren, one remaining sister, Marguarite of her twelve siblings, plus dozens and dozens of nieces and nephews and cousins scattered across the country. She will be remembered by everyone whose lives she has touched. A grave side service will be held at the Milford City Cemetery on Monday, August 11, 2008 at 11:00AM. Interment will follow the services at the cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.
Hyrum Davis (1873 - 1953)
Lavern Paulina Banks Bunker (1885 - 1958)
Gale Vinson Banks (1920 - 1999)*
Gary Banks (1947 - 2014)*
Trilby Davis Moss (1907 - 2003)*
Lola Lorraine Davis Banks (1924 - 2008)
Milford City Cemetery
Plot: Block WW, Lot AW,Plot 5
Created by: Max Turpin
Record added: Aug 13, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28988681