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Viola Elizabeth Stamm Banister
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Birth: Dec. 9, 1880
Jay County
Indiana, USA
Death: Oct. 29, 1936
Rawlins County
Kansas, USA


The community was saddened by the death of Mrs. Hershel Bannister last Thursday afternoon. The end was not unexpected as her condition had been critical for several days. Mrs. Bannister will be sorely missed by the entire community. She was quite active in the church work and her influence was felt by eeryone with whom she came in contact.


Viola Elizabeth Stamm was born at Red Key, Indiana December 3, 1880 and departed this life at her home in McDonald, Kansas October 29, 1936, at the age of 55 years, 10 months and 20 days. She moved from Red Key, Indiana to Upper Sandusky, Ohio later moving to McDonald, Kansas. She was united in marriage to Mr. Hershel Bannister May 17, 1896 at Cross Timbers, Missouri. To this union seven children were born.

She leaves to mourn her passing her husband, Mr. Hershel Bannister and children as follows: Mrs. Bessie Larson of Vona, Colorado; Otto Bannister of Boulder, Colorado; Otis Bannister of McDonald, Kansas; Rex Bannister of Timnath, Colorado; Virgil Bannister of McDonald, Kansas; Mrs. Ina Lee of McDonald, Kansas; and Miss Shirley Bannister still at home. She also leaves three brothers, Vincent and Joe of Boulder, Colorado, and Henry of Canyon City, Colorado, a number of grandchildren, and a host of relatives and many dear friends.

Mrs. Bannister was a devoted wife and mother, a true and loyal friend, and a whole hearted Christian, and will be sadly missed by the family and other relatives and a large circle of friends, and by the Church of God at McDonald as she has been associated with the local congregation ever since its organization. She was indeed a willing worker for the master, hardly ever missing a service till she was stricken. It was the joy of her life to minister in the things of God, and no sacrifice was too great for her to make in the interest of the Church and her loved ones.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Church of God in McDonald, Kansas. Rev. and Mrs. Ray C. Smith were in charge. Music was furnished by a mixed quartet from the High School composed of Miss Dorothy Archer, Miss Elaine Sramek, Master Ward Benkelman and George Randall Smith. Miss Abell presided at the piano.

The large concourse of friends in attendance and the fine floral offering were tokens of the esteem in which Mrs. Bannister was held in the community. Burial was in Grace Cemetery.


We wish to thank all those who so kindly assisted in any way during the sickness and death of our beloved wife and mother, especially for the nice floral offering.
Mr. Hershel Bannister
Mrs. Bessie Larson
Mr. Otto Bannister
Mr. Otis Bannister
Mr. Rex Bannister
Mr. Virgil Bannister
Mrs. Ina Lee
Miss Shirley Bannister

The McDonald Standard
McDonald, Kansas
Published November 5, 1936, Page 1

Family links: 
  William Hershel Banister (1878 - 1952)*
  Bessie E. Banister Larson (1897 - 1969)*
  Otis Marion Banister (1900 - 1974)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Last name on Tombstone is spelled "Banister" but throughout the Obituary it is spelled "Bannister."
Grace Cemetery
Rawlins County
Kansas, USA
Plot: 22, Section 6
Created by: Marilyn Birkby
Record added: Oct 04, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77635994
Viola Elizabeth <i>Stamm</i> Banister
Added by: Marilyn Birkby
Viola Elizabeth <i>Stamm</i> Banister
Added by: Marilyn Birkby
Viola Elizabeth <i>Stamm</i> Banister
Added by: Marilyn Birkby
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Thank you for my grandmother Bessie.
- Marilyn
 Added: Oct. 24, 2012

- Marilyn Birkby
 Added: Nov. 19, 2011

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