Joan M. Banks, 86: Golf champion was active in local churches, dental practice

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CUMBERLAND — Joan M. Banks, 86, formerly of Cumberland Center, died Feb. 12 at her residence in Saco.

She was born in Leicester, Massachusetts, on April 16, 1928, a daughter of Michael F. (Frank) and Helen (O’Brien) McGauley. She graduated from Leicester High School in the class of 1946.

On Nov. 3, 1954, she married John C. Banks at St. Joseph’s Church in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Joan worked as dental office manager for Dr. Kenneth Partyka in Cumberland for 27 years.

She was an active member of Sacred Heart Church in Yarmouth, and later, Holy Martyrs Church in Falmouth.

Banks was also an avid golfer and an early member of the Val Halla Country Club in Cumberland. At Val Halla, she won multiple tournaments including two women’s club championships and a President’s Cup.

She was predeceased 50 years ago by her husband. She was also predeceased by a sister, Helen F. McGauley; three brothers, John McGauley, James McGauley and Frank McGauley; and a granddaughter, Angela Marie Banks.

She is survived by two daughters, Mary A. Banks and partner Thomas Steffens, of Narragansett, Rhode Island, and Joni M. Banks and husband Steven Cox, of Little Deer Isle; five sons, Stephen J. Banks, of Hollis, New Hampshire, David M. Banks and wife Donna, of Falmouth, Peter A. Banks, of Seabrook, New Hampshire, James V. Banks and wife Paula, of Carlisle, Massachusetts, and Thomas P. Banks, of Kona, Hawaii; 16 grandchildren, Michael D. Banks, Kathryn L. Banks, Amy E. (Banks) Pires, Clifford J. Banks, Cindy A. Banks, Kelly M. Banks, Zachary J. Banks, Justin D. Banks, Kiki N. Banks, John T. Banks, Tahki A. Banks, Demietria D. Banks, Jamie Cox, Michael Rossi, Marc Rossi and Marissa Rossi; and a great-granddaughter, Addison Marie Paul.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Feb. 14 at Holy Martyrs Church. Burial will take place in the spring at Holy Cross Cemetery, Yarmouth.

Memorial donations may be made to The Center for Grieving Children, P.O. Box 1438, Portland, ME 04104.

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