Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas


November 4, 2011

Mary Elizabeth Bancroft

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Bancroft, age 68, went home to her Lord and Savior on Friday, Nov. 4, 2011 at Trisun Care Center in Corsicana.  Her family was by her side.  She was born to H. J and Bonnie Ganze on July 13, 1943 in Pursley, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Bonnie Bolen Ganze.

She is survived by her husband, Arthur “Sonny” Bancroft of Powell; father, H. J. “Hub” Ganze; daughter, Jamie McGinnis of Corsicana; son, Randy Bancroft and wife Karen of Kerens; grandchildren, Kristal Johnston and husband Justin of Corsicana, Cary Banks of Corsicana, Payton Bancroft of Kerens, and McKenzie Bancroft of Kerens; great-granddaughter Elaina Faith Johnston of Corsicana; brothers, George Ganze and wife Darlene of  Rosebud, Charles Ganze and wife, Ruth of Granbury, and Eddie Ganze and wife, Jane of Crockett. Mrs. Bancroft is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Bancroft was a life long member of the Powell Baptist Church. She was an accomplished pianist and played for Powell Baptist Church for over 40 years. She loved gospel music, especially the group known as Southern Joy.  Mary was the “person in charge” and was a powerful delegator.  She loved to travel and family members say that her car engine never was off long enough to get cold.  She loved to cook and loved holidays. Mary loved her Lord, her family and her numerous friends with all her heart.  She was active in the Kerens Music Club and church activities in Powell.   

Visitation for Mrs. Bancroft will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 at Corley Funeral Home in Corsicana.     

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 at Corley Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Morris Holcomb and George Ganze officiating.  

Burial will be at Resthaven Memorial Park in Corsicana. Pallbearers will be Larry Taylor, Charles Taylor, Floyd Henderson, Larry Fields, Payton Bancroft, Cary Banks, Justin Johnston, and Gene Allen McLain.

 Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society at 1000 W. 2nd Ave., Corsicana, TX 75110 or Powell Baptist Church Building Fund at P.O. Box 188, Powell, TX 75153.

An online guestbook is available at by selecting the Mary Elizabeth Bancroft obituary.

Arrangements by Corley Funeral Home, Corsicana.

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