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Mary Barbara Banks - March 22, 2012


Mary Barbara Banks, known by all as Barbara, daughter of Roley W. and Ruby M. (Lock) Arterburn, was born in Holyoke, Colo. on June 8, 1920.
She passed away at Imperial Parkview Assisted Living on March 11, 2012. Due to declining health she had moved into Parkview on March 2, 2012, and was making a quick adjustment to her new surroundings and friends.
Barbara was a lifelong resident of Chase County. Her early years were spent on the Arterburn Ranch in the Lamar area. She shared many memories of the good times spent around Arterburn Lake that had become a popular gathering place for swimming, fishing and picnicking in the summer months.
She graduated from Chase County High School in 1938.
After graduation, Barbara taught school in Rural District #44 south and west of Champion for two years and taught one year at the Rural Pioneer District #1 north of Enders.
On Sept. 28, 1940 she was joined in marriage to Herman Fredrick Banks in Wauneta, Neb. Born to this union were three sons and two daughters. She was preceded in death by a son, Larry Kent, who died at birth; her parents; her husband, Herman; a sister, Virginia Spady; and a brother, Roley Arterburn.
Those left to mourn Barbara’s passing are two sons, Don R. and wife, Jan, and Richard A., all of Imperial; two daughters, Kathi Olson and husband, Rod of Neosho, Mo., and Carlyn Hughbanks and husband, Rory of Hay Springs, Neb.; 10 grandchildren: Doug Banks of Lawrence, Kan.; Jason Banks and wife, Michelle of Imperial; Michael Banks and wife, Dawneen and three great grandchildren, Ashlyn, Collin and Kenleigh of Greeley, Colo.; Bryan Banks and wife, Stacey and two great grandchildren, Mason and Catie Bea of Columbus, Ga.; Jeffrey Banks of Imperial, Neb.; Matt Olson of Kansas City, Mo.; Kimberly Gipson and husband, Paul of Joplin, Mo.; Renee’ Votruba and husband, Brent and two great grandchildren, Katherine and Will of Austin, Texas; Jennifer Pyle and husband, Kris and three great grandchildren, Grace, Ava and Emily of Hay Springs, Neb.; and Ryan Hughbanks of Hay Springs, Neb.
Barbara is survived by brothers, Keith Arterburn and Kermit Arterburn and wife, Charlene, both of McCook, Neb.; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Spady of Ogallala, Neb.
Barbara was a member of Westside Church of Christ in Imperial, Neb. She was baptized into the Christian Faith at the Broadway Church of Christ, Imperial in June, 1960. She continued in Faith to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ throughout his lifetime.
Barbara was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother throughout her years.
She was especially devoted to the family farm and was active in the management of the farm all of her life.
She was active in the Chase County Alumni Association for many years.
Flowers, especially roses, were an important hobby for Barbara and she enjoyed the many compliments received on her rose gardens. Barbara once remarked that she could see the face of God in every rose blossom. Barbara was an avid football fan and followed the Chase County Longhorns and the Nebraska Cornhuskers with a great amount of enthusiasm.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at Crossroads Wesleyan Church with Pastor Todd Burpo and Ministers Bill Lewis and Bill Bryan officiating.
Escorts were grandsons, Doug Banks, Jason Banks, Michael Banks, Bryan Banks, Jeff Banks, Matt Olson and Ryan Hughbanks.
Interment was at Mount Hope Cemetery in Imperial with Liewer Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.