Vera Lee Banks
Services for Vera Lee Banks, 67, Leavenworth, were Thursday, May 25, 2006, at Barnett-Larkin-Brown Funeral Home. Burial was in Sunset Memory Garden Cemetery.
Mrs. Brown died Saturday, May 20, 2006, at her home.
She was born Feb. 24, 1939, in Peoria, Ill., the daughter of Lloyd C. and Alberta (Beck) McGinnis.
She moved to a dairy farm in Valley Falls as a girl and graduated from high school there. She graduated from Kansas State University before moving to Leavenworth, where she was crowned the first Miss Leavenworth in 1963. Among her fondest memories was a trip to Wagga Wagga, Australia.
In 1963, she opened a dress shop in Leavenworth. In the later '60s, she moved to Kansas City and worked as a secretary at Channels 4 and 5. Later, she moved to Platte City, Mo., where she owned a convenience store. She then returned to Leavenworth.
Survivors include her husband of 17 years, Lloyd; four stepchildren, Bob Banks and Carol Banks, both of Leavenworth, Karin Thomas, Orlando, Fla., and David Banks, Phoenix; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and other extended family and friends.
The family suggests memorials to the American Cancer Society, sent in care of the funeral home, 707 S. Sixth St., Leavenworth 66048.