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Phyllis Barbara Banas


Last updated 4/27/2020 at 12:42pm

Phyllis Barbara Banas

Phyllis Barbara Banas was called home to be with the Lord, Jesus Christ, and to be reunited with her beloved husband, John Conrad Banas, April 22, 2020.

She was born Jan. 15, 1930, in Buffalo, N.Y., to Aloysius J. and Genevieve R. Mazurowski. She and her husband were married Aug. 25, 1951, and shortly after began their life's work of raising eight children. When the youngest of the children reached her teens, she was able to attend college to become a nurse. In their later years, they enjoyed traveling to the American Southwest, where they lived for a time, as well as a journey to their ancestral home of Poland. They also enjoyed over 20 years of hosting the Banas Family Reunion at Center Hill Lake, Tenn., a treasured gift to their growing family of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

They moved to Brevard in 1999 and were active members of Sacred Heart Church until her husband passed away in January 2010. They had a home on Becky Mountain.

Although she might not admit to it, she was also an artist at heart. She played piano, sang beautifully and created lovely cross-stitch work until her eyes could no longer see the tiny stitches. She enjoyed helping others as a volunteer for her church and community, including reading to elementary children in an after school program, and caring for hospice patients.

Above all, she was devoted to her husband, John, to her family and to her faith.

She was very proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and loved them very much. She will be missed by all, but the family is thankful for so many beautiful and precious memories, as well as the laughter they have shared.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John.

She leaves behind eight children, Charmaine Boggs (Bruce), Kathleen Coleman (Jay), Timothy Banas, Michael Banas (Marcia), Paul Banas, Maria Padgett, Rosanne Bohannon (Wayne) and Amy Mechling (Dave); as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Private services will be held at Newcomer Centerville Chapel, in Dayton, Ohio.

She will be interred at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brevard.

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Newcomer Cremations, Funerals & Receptions, Centerville Chapel, 820 Miamisburg-Centerville Road, in Dayton, Ohio, is in charge of arrangements, under the direction of James Godsey.


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