Corsicana Daily Sun, Corsicana, Texas

March 23, 2014

Maxine Elizabeth Davis Bankes

Corsicana Daily Sun

— Surrounded by her husband, the “love of her life” for nearly 63 years, and family, Maxine Elizabeth Davis Bankes joined her family in heaven Friday evening, March 21, 2014.

Maxine was born May 19, 1923, in Bellaire, Ohio to Emery and Ezma Davis. She was the second oldest of six children and survived them all. A Registered Nurse by profession, Maxine began her career in 1945 at Ohio Valley Hospital in Wheeling, W,V, and retired in 1985 after serving patients in Wheeling, West Virginia, Denison, Texas, Baylor Hospital in Dallas and Weirton, W.V.

Maxine married Russell H. Bankes, Jr. on her birthday in 1951. They were married for over 62 years. Russell, a lifelong minister, and Maxine served churches in Pottsboro, Texas., Shawnee, Okla., Dennison, Texas., Okla. City, Richardson, Texas,, Irving, Texas, Weirton, W. V., and Corsicana. During that time, Maxine helped establish the first free, health clinic for the poor in Oklahoma City in the early 60’s. She pioneered the “Bibles To Babies” concept to introduce infants to God’s love and established those classes in every church she served.

She believed “a job worth doing is a job worth doing well” and held herself to those standards throughout her 90 years. She loved her family and friends with all her heart.

Survivors include her husband, Russell of Corsicana; a son, Mark Bankes of Dickson, Tenn. and his daughters; Marlee and her husband Lucas Spangler, and Ashley Bankes of Cincinnati, Ohio, Lauren Keele and Alleigh Bankes of Dickson Tenn.; a daughter, April and her husband Ove Johansson of Amarillo and their children, Annika and her husband Brett Spalding of Canyon, and Stefan Johansson and his fiancé Monica Mosier of Cheyenne, Wyo.; two great-grandchildren, Maddox and Corbin Spangler.

Funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in the Chapel at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home. Visitation will follow after the funeral service.

An online guest book is available at by selecting the Maxine Elizabeth Davis Bankes obituary.  

Funeral arrangements by Griffin - Roughton Funeral Home, Corsicana.