Maxine Elizabeth Davis Bankes

BANKES, Maxine Elizabeth Davis, joined her family in heaven Friday evening, March 21, 2014, surrounded by her husband, the “love of her life” for nearly 63 years, and family.

Born May 19, 1923, in Bellaire, OH to Emery and Ezma Davis, she was a Registered Nurse by profession and began her career in 1945 at Ohio Valley Hospital in Wheeling, WV. She retired in 1985 after serving patients in Weirton, WV, and in Texas.

Maxine married Russell H. Bankes, Jr. in 1951. Russell, a lifelong minister, and Maxine served churches in Ohio, Texas, Oklahoma and Weirton, WV. During that time, Maxine helped establish the first free, health clinic for the poor in Oklahoma City in the early 60’s. She pioneered the “Bibles To Babies” concept; and established classes in every church she served.

She is survived by her husband, Russell of Corsicana; a son, Mark Bankes of Dickson, TN.; and daughters, Marlee and husband, Lucas Spangler and Ashley Bankes of Cincinnati, OH, Lauren Keele and Alleigh Bankes of Dickson TN.; a daughter, April and husband, Ove Johansson of Amarillo, TX. and children, Annika and husband, Brett Spalding of Canyon, TX. and Stefan Johansson and fiancee, Monica Mosier of Cheyenne, WY; two great-grandchildren; Maddox and Corbin Spangler.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, March 25, in Corsicana, TX.

Burial was at Union Cemetery, Cadiz, OH.