Betty Jane Banks

Betty Jane Banks, 86, of Bradenton, formerly of Cortez, died Tuesday evening, June 14, 2011 at TideWell Hospice of natural causes. Betty was born October 17, 1924 in Columbus, Ohio, the daughter of Fred and Mae Showalter. She graduated from Susquehanna Township High School, Harrisburg, PA and went on to Business school. She worked as a bookkeeper in Racine, WI for HC Jensen Manu-facturing Co. and later in a physician’s office. During WWII, she was a riveter making airplane wings at JI Case Co. in Rockford, IL. In 1950, Betty was married to James Slick in Rockford, IL. They were later divorced. She moved to Bradenton, FL and was employed as a book-keeper at Manatee Memorial Hospital. In 1975, she was united in marriage to Blake E. Banks, a lifelong Florida resident and a commercial fisherman. Mr. Banks died in 2004. Betty was active in many Cortez Commercial Fishing Festivals and in the Fish Preserve. She recently donated all of Captain Banks fishing logs and other marine collections to the Maritime Museum in Cortez. She is survived by her sister, Charlene Kyle, Rochester, MN; a nephew and three nieces. She was preceded in death by her husband, Blake and her brother, Fred J. Showalter. Arrangements by Grif-fith-Cline Funeral Home.

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