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Mattie Vern Gibson Banks passed away Thursday, March 29, 2012, at Hardin Memorial Hospital.
She was one of eight sisters and one brother, born to Hop Gibson and Manerva Adams Gibson of Letcher County. All of these women were servants of God. She and her husband, Jeff, moved to Elizabethtown after World War II, where they made their home until they both passed away. She was a longtime member of Severns Valley Baptist Church, where she enjoyed teaching Sunday school and vacation Bible school. She had many close church friends.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Russell (Jeff) Edward Banks Sr.; and her parents, Joseph H. and Minerva Adams Gibson.
She was blessed with many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews and she loved each and every one.
“This world was better because this woman walked in it for 95 years. Her life was defined by her enormous capacity for loving others and putting others before herself.”
Remaining of her immediate family are her son, Russell E. (Judy) Banks Jr. of Elizabethtown; her daughter, Mollie Banks of Glasgow; her sister, Virginia Brown of Little Cowan (Walnut Gap); a granddaughter, Cherie (Rick) Cothern of Bowling Green; a grandson, Chad (Heather) Banks of Danville; five great-grandchildren, Dakota, Tyler and Joseph Jopes and Benjamin and Nicholas Banks.
To many, whom she was not related to, she still was called Aunt Matt and her husband was Uncle Jeff.
The funeral was Saturday at Brown Funeral Home in Elizabethtown with Brother Roger McCurry officiating. Burial was in Elizabethtown Memorial Gardens.
Condolences may be expressed at www.brownfuneral.com.