Iola Kelley Banks

Posted: Friday, June 28, 2002

Longtime Kenai resident Iola Kelley Banks died Wednesday, June 26, 2002, in the ambulance en route to Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. She was 68.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2002, at the Kalifornsky Christian Center. Pastor Steve Toliver will officiate. Funeral services and burial will be held in Lexington, Ky.

Mrs. Banks was born Aug. 10, 1933, in Arcadia, La. She attended Grambling College in 1952. She moved to Fairbanks in 1964. In 1966 and 1975 respectively, she received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in education from the University of Alaska.

She moved to Kenai in 1970, where she taught in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for 21 years. Mrs. Banks primarily taught fourth grade at Kenai Elementary, Soldotna Elementary and Mountain View Elementary schools. She retired from teaching in 1990.

Mrs. Banks was a member of the Galilee Baptist Church in Hodges, La., and Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church in Louisiana. She also attended the United Methodist Church of the New Covenant in Kenai.

She also was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society, Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Phi Beta Kappa Fraternity and the Retired Teacher's Association. She received the Presidential Seal of Honor for Education and the IBC Lifetime Achievement Award, both in 2001.

Mrs. Banks was a delegate for the Democratic conventions in 1976, 1980 and 2000, a chairperson for the District 13 Democratic Party and had several articles published for peninsula newspapers. In 1982, she was appointed to the Alaska Martin L. King Committee. She also received the Award of Cambridge.

"Iola had four loves, family, education, politics and people, especially children. She never met a stranger and loved everyone she came in contact with. She will be missed dearly by her family," her family wrote.

Mrs. Banks is survived by her husband, Lovell of Kenai; daughters Valencia Scott of Kentucky, Jackie Haynes of Kenai; son, Lovell Banks Jr. of Texas; brother, John Sims of Hodges; grandchildren Tamara Scott Coleman, Angela Scott, Michelle Scott, Dave A. Haynes II, Tamanika Iola Haynes, Leticia Marie Haynes, Lovell Kelly Banks Jr., Ireanna Banks; and five great-grandchildren.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel.

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