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Carolyn Ann Banker
Carolyn Ann Banker, age 80, of Carroll, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at Carriage Court with her family by her side. She was born October 28, 1940 in Columbus and was the daughter of the late Lee and Madgeleen (Bartley) Webb. She was very active with the music ministry at Fairfield Christian Church. She was a retired accountant with Lucent Technologies. She is celebrating in the arms of Jesus after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Vernon L. Banker; son, Shawn (Jennifer) Banker of Lancaster and a daughter, Tonya (Troy) Wampler of Amanda; four grandsons, Tyler, Tevin, Trey and Tristan; sister, Naomi White of Columbus. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Leroy Webb.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, December 4, 2020 in the Mausoleum Chapel at Lithopolis Cemetery.
Condolences may be made at www.mytaylorfuneralhome.com.
It's been a little over 5 months since you graduated to heaven. Most days i'm filled with a little greif mixed with a little joy. Grief obviously because I miss you so much it physically hurts sometimes. Joy because you are free and I have no doubt where you are.
I picture you there in heaven surrounded by family and others who went before. You look so young and full of life. Full of all the memories that alzheimer's stole from you. I see you smile and even see that mischievous twinkle in your eyes...And I just stop for a moment to feast upon that picture! You're having the time of your life! No more sickness and disease, no more sorrow or struggle. Now that fills me with joy overflowing!! Seeing Alzheimer's disease steal your life little by little has been the hardest thing i've ever been through. I can now look back over that time and see things that I might have never seen otherwise. Like being intentional about seeing all the blessings surrounding us. We miss so much! I'm thankful for the time, I spent helping you and dad out. Even coming over to the house at 4am to get you up off the floor when you'd fall. I count myself blessed because I got to return a little of what you poured out on me. I never realized how truly blessed I was to have such an extraordinary mom like you. When I think of your strength, perseverance, and unconditional love, it leaves me in awe of you! What you did for my life, my boys, and countless others is beyond what i can express. I still have a voicemail of yours that I listen to quite often. You were checking up on me to make sure I was ok and that you were there for me if i needed you, and how much you loved me. This voicemail is one of the most precious things I have of yours. You always knew how to make everything in my world right again! I'll never forget when my cat died and you showed up at my door and said, "I just came over to cry with you!" That's just who you were...you poured yourself out for others! Seeing you and dad handle yourselves through all this, has taught me what true love really looks like, especially when the Lord is involved! I know it touched a lot of people who witnessed dad's unwavering devotion to you. I count myself so very blessed to have witnessed it myself!
You are, by far, the strongest person I have ever known. I put you through so much as a teenager. In return, you just loved me more, fought harder for me! Again, I count myself extremely blessed! You made all the difference in my life...the Father knew I needed a mom just like you to love me through all that and to show me I was worth the fight. You impacted my children in the most precious ways! Father God must have thought a lot of me to give me such an amazing mom. You've touched so many people over the years with your compassion and willingness to go the extra mile. If I could express all these things in words, I feel like I'd be writing forever and ever! You were a rare and precious gem that I will forever be grateful for!
I know that grief is different for everyone and that you just need to process it and then with time it should get easier. I guess I was just caught off guard. Because of being sick for so long, I thought I would have been ahead of the game. You fought for 11 years! 11 years of Alzheimer's disease ravaging your body and slowly stealing everything about you that makes you...you! I hate disease and death. Thank You, Jesus for defeating them both!
I wish you could have been healed on earth, but I try not to question the Father's plans and timing. I do have a hope though...Not hope as the world presents it, but an assurance that death was defeated at the cross- and I will see you again. I believe you'll be right there to greet me when I get there. I hold tight to that hope and take it one day at a time. It's been hard though, especially here lately. Stress and feeling overwhelmed has been very present and I'm struggling. These are the times I feel the grief the hardest. It's like a huge, powerful wave that overtakes me. I've learned that its of no use to fight it. I try and just lay there and let it overtake me. I wish I could talk to you...you were my safe place, my rock. I'm trying so hard but some days I blow it. I just want to make you and the Lord proud. I don't want to miss any plans the Lord has for me. The kids need me to be that strong and wise rock that you were for me. I need a big dose of your strength. Lord you said that your power is made perfect in our weaknesses... I should be good to go!!
Thank you mom- thank you for everything--thank you for your love, selflessness, your never wavering determination, and for always seeing my worth and fighting for me. I wanted to honor you today, mom. Honor you for everything you did for me and my boys!
I WILL MISS YOU TIL I SEE YOU AGAIN!
Happy Mother's Day, Mommy!
I love you,
Tonya May 9 2021 12:00 AM
Oh, so many wonderful memories! Aunt Carolyn was always so kind, fun, smiling and had an infectious laugh. She would speed over the hills for Tonya and I, so it would feel like a roller coaster, shopping, dinners at Olive Garden and Chi Chis, teaching me to play Euchre, summer trips to Canada in the big van, her strawberry pie, giving me a passion for the theatre, Phantom of the Opera..... Aunt Carolyn was always up for going anywhere and trying new things! She is greatly missed and at peace in heaven.
Tabitha Benua Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM
Dear Vern & Banker Family,
Carolyn is now at peace and resting in the arms of Jesus! Many years have passed since seeing her at Fairfield playing the organ. Our prayers are with you and in the days to come. I know you celebrate her life and the beautiful memories of the many years you shared.
Phil & Rosie Imler
Winter Haven, FL
Phil & Rosie Imler Dec 3 2020 12:00 AM
One of the many things that I remember about Aunt Carolyn was that she was an excellent cook. She made the best blackberry cobbler that I have ever had. I remember that she would have me and Shawn pick blackberries for her. Sometimes we got to climb over the fence to get the best ones. Good times! Her blackberries were the best. I miss her blackberry cobbler! She will be missed for many things this is just one of the great memories that I have of her. I know she is in heaven and I will see her again someday.
Michelle Spencer Dec 2 2020 12:00 AM
Thanksgiving and Christmas always makes me think of my Aunt Carolyn. Getting to spend the holidays at her house was so much fun. Helping her decorate the Christmas tree, staying up all night playing cards, eating chocolate poptarts, potato chips and an endless amount of coke. She spoiled and loves us all! Aunt Carolyn's kindness, love and patience was unconditional. I will miss her laugh and smile. Heaven gained a precious angel.
Lora Robinson, niece Nov 28 2020 12:00 AM
My fondest memories of Aunt Carolyn are how much she loved the Holidays and having the family dinner. She could certainly set one heck of a beautiful table! I could sit for hours listening to her play the piano. God gave her such a gift for music. She loved her family, friends and her God. She'll be missed by all.
Julie Johnson, niece Nov 28 2020 12:00 AM
I remember Carolyn working on the music she played. She loved serving the Lord in this way.
Condolences to Vernon and the family during this time.
Nedra Downs Nov 27 2020 12:00 AM