Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Grandma Rae Stout Banks

Almost exactly 3 months after my Grandpa passed away, he came and took my grandma so that they could be reunited.
My grandma's health has been really up and down for quite some time now, but the last 3 months have been really hard on her. She missed grandpa fiercely and would often ask if she could go and be with him.
A few weeks ago, my aunt Jodi took her to her home in Reno to help care for her. It was there that she passed away. Here is what her obituary said:
Rae Stout Banks passed away peacefully on August 24, 2015 at the age of 87. She was born July 24, 1928 to Mary Crawford and Marion Fisk Stout. Rae was born and raised in Hurricane, Utah.
Rae married her sweetheart William Lee Banks on November 29, 1947 in Ely, Nevada. Their marriage was later solemnized in the St. George LDS Temple. They were married 67 years and made their home in Cedar City, Utah. 
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she served faithfully in a variety of callings. As a couple, Lee and Rae served 3 missions for the church. They served at both the LDS Employment Center and at the Bishop’s Storehouse. 

Rae was an avid quilter and an excellent bread maker. She loved serving others and volunteered many hours in the community. Rae and Lee loved to travel and enjoyed visiting family and friends throughout the world. She loved her family dearly. 

Rae is survived by her 5 children, Linda (Roger) Strate, Salt Lake City, Gary (Ann) Banks, Cedar City, Joy (Claude) Grant, New Harmony, Bonnie (Rick) Jorgensen, Cedar City, Jodi (Greg) Turner, Reno, Nevada, 22 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild and her brother Dell Stout. 

She was preceded in death by her husband William Lee Banks, just a short 3 months ago. Her parents and 13 siblings also preceded her in death.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 29, 2015 at 12 noon at the Indian Hills Ward (1120 West Greens Lake Drive, Cedar City, Utah). A viewing will be held on Friday, August 28, 2015 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Southern Utah Mortuary (190 North 300 West). On Saturday, August 29, 2015 the viewing will be held at the Church from 10:30-11:30 am. Interment will be in the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. 

The funeral service was really nice. I learned a lot of things about my grandma that I never knew. It is sad to have both of them gone, but I truly believe that they are happier now. They did a lot of things in their lifetime and were always going places, so I think it was very difficult to be bed ridden and unable to care for themselves. It's weird to think about going to Cedar City and not stopping by their house and saying hello. I have some wonderful memories in that house. 

We will miss you, Grandma. Say hello to Grandpa for us.

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