Christine Ruth Banks

1951 - 2021

Danville, Illinois


Christine Ruth Banks, 69, of Danville, passed away Monday, April 5, 2021 at OSF Sacred Heart Hospital in Danville.  There will be a private graveside services, where she will be laid to rest next to her parents at Springhill Cemetery in Danville.

Chris was born July 27, 1951 in Danville to Robert James and Mary Lillian Christensen Banks.  She graduated from Danville High School, and got an Art Degree at Illinois Wesleyan.  She worked in the Danville School District as a Teachers Aide.  She enjoyed gardening, and home shopping on HSN and QVC.  She loved to vacation in Michigan on the beach.  She had a wicked sense of humor, she loved her cats and animals, and always looked for ways to help others. 

Chris is survived by her sister-in-law Virginia Banks; nephews Derrick Banks, Tanner (Mei) Rodgers, great-niece Scarlett Rodgers; along with many friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents, and brother Robert Nelson Banks.

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Betsy Smith

April 17, 2021 1:22 PM

No words can adequately express the deep sense of loss I feel with her passing.  Chris and I were friends since high school, but became close after I got married and started my family.  

She would spend summer vacations with us in the early 80's at our trailer on Raccoon Lake,  water skiing, and swimming, Always a huge help raising our 3 boys.  She was Aunt Chris to them, and Ernie (Banks) to Rick (my boy's dad).  

In later years, she and I, along with high school friends Sue & Brenda, spent a lot of time together. Countless happy memories were made.

She was deeply loved and will be forever remembered as a kind, generous, and funny lady.❤️

Christy Marx

April 7, 2021 7:44 PM

There are crossroads in our lives, moments of deep loss and pain. Losing a parent, then both parents is a major crossroad. Losing a life partner. Losing your oldest friends.

Yesterday I learned that my friend, Christine Banks, died of a heart attack. When I was in second grade, my parents moved and I ended up a new elementary school. That was when I met Chris and we became inseparable best friends. We were Chris and Chris, born only a couple of weeks apart. My nickname for her was "Bee", because I was Chris M. and she was Chris B.

She was always way taller than me, towered over me, but it didn't matter. We ran through the woods and ravines and collected tadpoles together. We had sleepovers and giggled until we peed ourselves. We played board games and we did mock interviews and make silly recordings on a tape recorder my dad gave me. We shared everything until high school. In high school, we somewhat drifted apart.

Though we were never as close as we were in childhood, we stayed in touch across the decades. Whenever I visited Danville, I made a point of visiting with my oldest friend.

Chris was artistic and I always thought it was a shame she didn't pursue ceramics and pottery, something she loved. She loved going to Michigan, as she'd been doing since childhood. It was her second home. She lost both her parents and her younger brother years ago, and I know it was hard on her to be alone.

She was the friend I'd known longest in this life. We had fun poking at one another over politics, but we also maintained our bond over things we loved -- cats and art. I hope her local friends will be able to take care of her cats.

I knew her health wasn't great, but this was sudden and unexpected. I had a faint hope that I'd get back to Danville to see her one more time before we were both gone. I am at that crossroads and there's no turning back.

Good-bye, Bee. I will miss you.

Nick Lockhart

April 7, 2021 6:33 PM

I am saddened to hear this news! Throughout my childhood she was my Aunt Chris. I had many fond memories of her as a child.    May she be forever at peace.  

Phyllis Tuggle

April 7, 2021 4:19 PM

To a dear friend who will be greatly missed. 

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April 6, 2021 3:02 PM
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