Mount Vernon News
  • Helen Banbury

  • February 19, 2010

DANVILLE — Helen Marie Banbury, 91, Danville, died Wednesday, Feb., 17, 2010, after complications from a series of strokes.

Mrs. Banbury was the wife of the late Howard Banbury; the couple were longtime Danville residents. She was the daughter of Grace Reams and David Blystone Mavis and was a graduate of Mount Vernon High. The couple had two children.

Supporting Howard’s interest in the lamb and wool industry, Banbury created a wool craft and sewing business and directed contests including the Ohio Lamb and Wool Queen, the Make It Yourself with Wool and the Guy’s and Gal’s Sheep Lead at the Ohio State Fair; she presented wool style shows as well.

Showing her dedication to volunteerism, Banbury served as Mrs. Canton in the Mrs. Ohio Pageant series, was Worthy Matron of Eastern Star and was inducted into the Ohio State Fair Hall of Fame. She was a longtime member of the Danville United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, as well as her brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Gennevieve Mavis.

She leaves behind beloved children, Carolyn Nyland of Hilliard and Mark Banbury (Barb) of Danville; devoted grandchildren, Shannon Banbury of Colorado City, Texas, Angela Robertson (Gary) of Platte City, Mo., Heidi Nyland of Longmont, Colo., and Jamie, Madison and Taylor Banbury of Danville; her brother, David Mavis (Lou) of Fredericktown; sister, Dorothy Loney of Douglas, Ariz. Banbury’s three great-grandchildren are Dylan and Dalton Robertson and Ashley McCann. She will be remembered by countless friends and many more family members.

Services will be held at the Danville United Methodist Church Saturday, Feb. 20, at 2 p.m., with internment to follow at Workman Cemetery. Pastor Jason Humble will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her name to the Danville Methodist Church, P.O. Box 36, Danville, OH 43014; and Home Reach Hospice, 3595 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, OH 43214. The family wishes to thank Sunrise on the Scioto and the wonderful caregivers who loved Banbury to the end.

The Fischer Funeral Home in Danville is handling the arrangements. Visit



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