Joan Claire Banker
Estes Park resident Joan Banker died at her home on Wednesday, January 13, 2010, surrounded by her family. She was 83 years old. Joan Claire Cook was born January 19, 1926, in Omaha, Nebraska, to William S. and Genevieve (Bergers) Cook. Joan grew up in Omaha and graduated from Benson High School. On April 12, 1947, she married James F. Banker and together they raised a family of five children; the family moved to Estes Park in September 1966. Following her husband’s death in 1972, Joan worked for the YMCA of the Rockies, the Estes Park Police Department, the Larimer County Clerk. In 1973, Joan became a licensed real estate agent and worked in the real estate profession in Estes Park for 37 years, forming many special friendships and lasting professional relationships. She was voted “Realtor of the Year” by the Estes Park Board of Realtors in 2006.
Joan was a member of Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Red Hat Society. She enjoyed bowling, golf, tennis, reading, and socializing with friends and family.
Joan was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and aunt who was a source of inspiration and strength for her family.
Joan is survived by two sons, James Banker and wife Dodi of Estes Park and Patrick Banker and wife Amy of Centennial, Colorado; three daughters Sharon Schone and husband Dennis of Rapid City, South Dakota, Cynthia Deats and husband Steven of Estes Park; and Barbara Banker of Estes Park; 12 grandchildren Charity Banker, Ryan Banker, Jamie Banker, Heather Engen, Chad Schone, Robin Hengesteg, Erin Tice, Dan Deats, Emily Banker, Duncan Banker, Rachelle Banker and JT Banker; and 10 great grandchildren: Fern, Adisyn, Sienna, Aisaac, Eden, Forest, Shannon, Violet, Mae, and Austin; two sisters Charlotte Caffrey and husband Ray of Kansas City, Missouri; and Alice Chapman and husband Jack of Omaha, Nebraska; and very special friend Gene Nelson of Estes Park.
A funeral mass was celebrated on Monday, January 18th at Our Lady of the Mountains Catholic Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Estes Park Quota Club in care of Allnutt Funeral Chapel, 1302 Graves Avenue, Estes Park, CO 80517. See www.allnutt.com to see an online obituary and send a message to the family.