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Frances M. Banister

d. May 14, 2018

Frances (Frannie) Banister, age 84, formerly of rural Springfield went to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, May 14, 2018 while at the Christian Villiage in Lincoln, IL with her sister, Esther, by her side.

Frannie was born on February 3, 1934, the daughter of Offie A. And Esther (Ritchhart) Rankin.  After graduating from Middletown High School in 1952, she was employed at Lehn and Fink in Lincoln, IL. She married Donald Banister on July 16, 1960. She then worked as a homemaker, daycare provider, and cook at Chick-Fil-A.

Frannie was an active member of the Sherman United Methodist Church.  She was a past President for the United Methodist Women, in addition to many other offices.  She also served as Sunday School Superintendent, VBS Coordinator, and a Stephen Minister.  She was famous for making wonderful gravy for the chicken fundraising dinners for many years.

Frannie loved Jesus and her family.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She traveled far and wide to spend time with her family and never missed a Rankin Family Gathering.

Frannie is survived by her children, Patti (Mike) Barnett of Williamsville, Brenda (Jeff) Knollenberg of Owensboro, KY, and Tom (Loreli) Banister of North Prince George, VA; grandchildren Jody Formea (Lex James) Chatham, George Muller, Richland, WA, Rachel (Joe) Hemstock, Springfield, Corinne Barnett, Williamsville, Henry and Audrey Knollenberg, Owensboro KY, Ty (Shelby) Banister, Ft. Riley, KS, Haylei Banister, Lebanon, TN, Austin Banister, Randolph Air Force Base ,TX, and Taylor Banister, Ft. Campbell, KY;  8 great-grandchildren; siblings Esther Boward, Middletown, and Richard (Janell) Rankin of Rocheport, MO; several brothers-in-laws, sisters-in-laws, nieces and nephews.

Frannie is preceded in death by her parents, husband Don, and siblings Offie (Jim) Rankin, Margaret Rankin, Kenneth Rankin, Mary Hildebrandt, Harold Rankin, John Rankin, Elmer Rankin, Bob Rankin and Patty Rankin.

Visitation will be Sunday, May 20, 5-8 PM and Monday, May 21, 10-11 AM at the Sherman United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be Monday, May 21 at 11 AM at the church with Pastor Ryan Edgecombe and Pastor Craig Sweet officiating.  Burial will be at Camp Butler Cemetary.

Memorials may be given to the Christian Village Auxiliary, Lincoln, IL.


  1. Brenda I’m sorry to hear about your Mom. Sending you our thoughts and prayers. Also I’m sending you a big hug. Love you guys.

  2. Frannie was a good friend and neighbor. Don and I always enjoyed our time spent with Don and Frannie much laughing and story telling. Frannie was a charter member of the bible study and prayer group that started at my house. We were named the SLOBS a fitting name. This stood for serving, loving, obedient brothers and sisters. The group continued to meet even after we had all moved and were not neighbors living close any more. Friendship and love moves with you. So sorry for your loss prayers for you and the family.

  3. I am so sorry about the passing of your mother. She was always such a lovely lady. I know she will be missed by many.

  4. Dear family,

    Many wonderful memories of Franny and your family.

    God bless.

  5. Sorry for your loss of your dear Mother. What a great example she set for your family.
    I know we had many talks about her at Acape. Thinking of your family during this time.

  6. What your parents were to us…when we were newly married in 2002; supportive, and great friends. It’s hard to describe, but they took us to their hearts and we never left there. We loved them too. Remember the good times. God bless you all in your significant loss of Fran, who is now singing in the heavenly choir and probably playing bells too.

  7. Sending sympathetic greetings also from long-time Sherman UMC members: Wanda Marth, Rose Reynolds & Ruth Adams & Nancy Dunaway. They knew your parents a long time…and boy could they tell some stories on them. Unfortunately these ladies were unable to attend the funeral services. God bless you all, as you grieve this significant loss.

  8. Brenda, I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom. Thoughts and prayers for your family. Praises as she is with her Lord and Savior which is the blessing and comfort when someone we love passes away Maythe Lord give you the peace only He can give. Your sister in Christ, Linda

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