Mary Elizabeth Banham (nee Grant)

November 4, 1929 – June 6, 2019
Mawn, as many family members called her, died peacefully after a short illness. She was born and brought up in Salmon Arm, BC.
She graduated from UBC and shortly after met Jim Banham, with whom she fell in love and married in March of 1954. They soon set off to live in England for three years. They often regaled us with stories of their adventures from this time.
They returned to Canada to settle down and raise their family. We recall with great fondness the happy memories of growing up in Kerrisdale, family events, Christmases and summer vacations in Osoyoos.
Mom went back to work in mid-life to be a librarian at the UBC Main Library. After retirement she and Dad travelled to England, Italy, Hawaii, Palm Springs and Arizona. They also took several cruises including a memorable one through the Panama Canal. Mom also enjoyed playing croquet at the Vancouver Croquet Club and she won many tournaments.
Mom’s life changed dramatically when Dad died in 2010.
She is predeceased by her husband Jim, sister Ruth and brother Bob. She is survived by her two children, their spouses and grandchildren Patrick (Wendy, Ted, Caroline and Alex) and Anne Koebel (Steve, Amelia and Lucianne). She is also survived by her siblings Dorothy, Jack (Wendy) and Jill (Bill) as well as many nieces, nephews, friends and acquaintances.
Many thanks to Dr. Prinsloo and the wonderful staff at Evergreen Care Home in Campbell River who cared for Mom in her last year and during her illness. A family gathering will be held at a later date. If you wish, please make a donation in Mom’s name to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or other charity of your choice.

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