Banks, Adella Margaret (Wessels) (September 15, 1913 - January 11, 1995)

Adella Margaret Banks

Douglas Budget - January 18, 1995

Funeral services for Adella Margaret Banks, 81, were Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Glenrock Middle School Auditorium.

Ernie Orrell served as the eulogist, and inurnment was in the Glenrock Cemetery.

Mrs. Banks died at 2:18 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 1995, at Converse County Memorial Hospital.

She was born Sept. 15, 1913, at Hess Lake in Newago County, Michigan, the daughter of Stephen and Maude Frances(Hale)Wessels. She attended school in Boyne City, Mich., from 1918-30. She attended Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Mich., from 1930-31 and Northern Michigan University in Marquette, Mich., from 1932-34, receiving her three-year life certificate as a teacher.

She received her bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University in 1941 after attending summer school both at Central Michigan and Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich.

She married Victor Newton Banks on April 8, 1944, in Lansing. She was a longtime teacher, beginning in 1934 when she taught first grade at Boyne City until 1939. From 1939-41 she taught first grade in Evart, Mich., and from 1941-44 she taught first grade in Lansing. She later taught in Flint, Lansing and South Haven, Mich., and in Glenrock from 1967-81.

After retirement she substituted for seven years. She was active in the Glenrock Education Association, the Wyoming Education Association and the Wyoming Democratic Party. She was treasure of the Converse County Democratic Party. She was also on the community concert board of directors, a member of the Converse County Retired Teachers, and the Converse County Book Discussion Group. In addition, she was honored by the Glenrock Reading Council in 1994 as an outstanding volunteer.

She was a volunteer with the Literacy Volunteers of America at Casper College, tutoring adults. She also tutored children in reading and helped with storytelling at the Glenrock Library.

She is survived by daughters Adella Frances Harding of Elko, Nev., Victoria Jean Hammond of Colstrip, Mont., Winifred Margaret Kandolin of Douglas, and Helen Ann Banks-Routon of Honolulu; one sister, Jean Martin of Oxford, Mich.; one brother, Stephen Wessels of Bainbridge, Island, Wash.; nine grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one half-brother, Ray Wessels. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Dean Harding, William Hammond Sr., James A. Kandolin, Wayde Routon, Ernie Orrell and Jim McDonald.

A memorial to the Converse County Coalition Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault, 530 Oak Street, Douglas, or to Glenrock Senior Citizens Center, 615 West Deer Street, Glenrock, would be appreciated by the family.

Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas was in charge of the arrangements.

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