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Mary F. Banks

July 10, 1939 October 26, 2013
Mary F. Banks
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Mrs. Mary Louise Finney Banks, affectionately known as "Tiny", triumphantly departed this life in the quietness of Bon Secours Hospital/
Hospice of Chesterfield, Virginia Room 528 on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at approximately 12 o'clock.

Our beloved, sister, auntie, cousin, and friend, was born on July 10, 1939. Mary's (Tiny) mother; Mary Friend Finney was married to Lee 
Pratlow Finney and from that union six (6) children were born. After Lee Pratlow Finney's death, mother Mary met and married George 
Thompson. One sister, Anne Finney Woodley and two brothers, William and Lee (Bumbee) Finney preceded her in death.

Her mother Mary and step dad George Thompson instilled the importance of family, hard work, and serving others in all of the children.
Mary was an integral part of the family helping wherever she was needed and always checking on everyone by phone daily. She loved her
sister, brother, in-laws, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and step family members.

Mary adopted a professional work ethic which enabled her to win friends across the Richmond area. She worked numerous years in Richmond,
VA until her health began to fail. Among the families she cared for were Frank and Barbara Trice and their children. Those children were
very special to her and she helped shape their lives as if they were her own children. Not only was she a domestic worker but also employed
by several food establishments in Richmond, VA. (VCU, Thalhimers, and others)

She attended the public schools of Amelia County Virginia. Leaving high school  early to work and help support the family.

At and early age she confessed Christ and became a member of the Mount Level Baptist Church of Amelia, VA. At Mount Level she served God 
and her church in whatever capacity she could. Throughout these years she would make the drive from Richmond with whoever was coming
to attend services at Mount Level especially during homecoming and revival week. Mary was famous for matchmaking, just ask Wilson and 
Margie Friend. Back in the day Margie Clark Friend and Willie Mae Brown Poindexter were  known as the Richmond girls.

Mary's health was restricted by diabetes but, she survived cancer. She loved life and was a fun loving and caring person who touched everyone
she met. In December 2009 she suffered a horrendous stroke that left her paralyzed on the left side unable to walk or write but, her speech
and mind were very sharp. The next three and a half years she resided at the Amelia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Amelia, VA. She 
was well known by all the staff and residents. Many of them were like family to her. She was very active in all activities at the Amelia Nursing 
and Rehabilitation Center such as the UNO Gang consisting of Carol, Buster, Wayne, Sammie Lee, Maxin Stith and Mrs. Stokes. There were
the bingo collaborates, Bell Choir, bible study, and onging cook book projects. Staff member Gina and others did shopping for her. Once 
"Bea" received a call from the office that she had too many clothes in her closet and that was the reason the rod kept breaking. She loved to look 
neat and clean.

Mary leaves to cherish a legacy of precious memoreis, her life companion of 40 plus years, Lee (Buddy Boy) Whitaker; caring and devoted sister
Hattie Pearl Finney Worsham of Blackstone, VA; caring and devoted brother, Charles (Lin) Finney; a loving sister-in-law Queen Finney of Church
Road, VA.; a loving, devoted and caring niece Beatrice (Sterling) Head of Amelia. A step niece Dora Goodwyn of Church Road, VA and numerous
other loving and caring nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, god children William Royster, Jr., Monique A. Royster, and Ester Head
Patterson. The entire family, neighbors of L. A. (lower Amelia), Amelia Nursing and church family.

Funeral Services Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. at Mt. Level Baptist Church, Amelia with interment in the church cemetery.

 Michael W. Hawkes Funeral Home of Amelia in charge of arrangements.

Funeral Services Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. at Mt. Level Baptist Church, Amelia with interment in the church cemetery.

Michael W. Hawkes Funeral Home of Amelia in charge of arrangements.
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