Mary Frances (Tolar) Banks, age 91, handed away peacefully on January 25, 2024. Born on March 1, 1932 at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, she was a lifelong resident of the metro space.
Mary Frances grew up in East Atlanta in a home on Hemlock Circle designed by her grandmother. In the course of the Melancholy, the household misplaced the home, however purchased it again shortly thereafter. She inherited the home when her mom handed away in 2011. Mary Frances renovated the home, moved again “residence,” and lived there till she moved to Clairmont Place in Decatur in 2019.
Mary Frances attended John B. Gordon Elementary College and graduated from Roosevelt Excessive College.
In 1951, she married Eddie (Edgar Monroe) Banks on his birthday, December 14. She devoted herself to full-time mothering of their two youngsters, Kathy and David, till 1972, when she enrolled on the DeKalb Space Technical College to earn a medical workplace assistant certificates. She was employed by Dr. Benjamin Saffan to handle his entrance workplace, and later was requested by Dr. Pat Gibson to be bookkeeper for her chiropractic clinic. As workplace supervisor for Decatur College of Ballet, a enterprise owned by her daughter Kathleen and son-in-law Ron, she loved friendships with dancers, dad and mom and colleagues till she retired at age 86.
Identified for her class, pleasant and caring nature, and wonderful smile, Mary Frances was a Southern Matriarch from an extended line of Metal Magnolias. She liked studying she was a really quick reader and devoured books, having fun with every part from homicide mysteries to Beatrix Potter tales. She owned an in depth assortment of collectible figurines of the Beatrix Potter characters. Mary Frances loved stitching making costumes, doll garments, and garments for herself, her daughter and different members of the family. Though cooking was not a favourite exercise, she baked a legendary carrot cake. She graciously hosted many events and marriage ceremony and child showers. Her household dates again a number of generations in Atlanta, and she or he was very curious about household historical past and family tree. Like her mom, she was passionate concerning the restoration of Sylvester Cemetery, which sits on property as soon as owned by her great-grandfather John W. McWilliams. For her youngsters’s actions, which ranged from ballet to soccer and cheerleading to swim staff, Mary Frances was a devoted “behind-the-scenes” supporter and employee all the time organized, conscientious and reliable. She delighted in the truth that all six of her grandchildren lived within the Atlanta space, and she or he may very well be concerned of their lives.
Born to folks, Melba Ernestine (McWilliams) and Herbert Murphy Tolar, Mary Frances was huge sister to brothers, Murphy Herbert Tolar and John Ernest (Jack) Tolar, each of whom preceded her in demise. Her household tree continues with daughter, Kathleen Banks Everett, son-in-law Ron Everett; son, David Banks, and daughter-in-law, Marty Bova Banks. Grandchildren are Matthew Everett, Abigail Banks McClelland (husband Patton), and Gabriel, Christian, Nathan, and Joseph Banks. Mary Frances might be missed by cousins, nieces, and nephews and lots of pals.
A Celebration of Life Gathering might be held on Sunday, February 11, 2024, 3:00 PM at Clairmont Place. In lieu of flowers, please take into account donations to Historic Sylvester Cemetery Basis, Decatur Metropolis Dance, and Youngsters’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
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