Ava A. Banks, age 94, of Hamden peacefully passed away on February 12, 2011 at Connecticut Hospice in Branford. Widow of the late John H. Banks she was the beloved mother of Rosemarie Banks Olsen of Guilford, John Allen Banks & his wife Jimmie Banks of Hamilton, Ohio and the late Margaret 'Peggy' Banks. Ava also leaves 2 grandchildren. Born in Aurora, NC on March 20, 1916 she was a daughter of the late Samuel & Effie Hudnell Allen. Ava served as Second Lieutenant in the US Army Nurse Corps during WWII and later retired as a school nurse for the Hamden Board of Education. At the request of her family there will be no Funeral Service or calling hours in Connecticut. A Private Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held at the Arlington National Cemetery when her interment takes place. Memorial contributions may be made to Conn. Hospice Inc. - 100 Double Beach Road, Branford, CT 06405. Arrangements are in care of BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden.

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  1. I had the pleasure of being Mrs. Banks’ dental hygienist for many years.She was a delightful and lovely women. I’ll always remember her southern accent and marvel at her great memory. My deepest sympathy to her family.

  2. Mrs. Banks was the school nurse when I first started my teaching career at Sleeping Giant Jr. High. She was a lovely woman and a joy to work with. After all these years, I still remember her with a smile on her face and a pleasant word for everyone. I will always think fondly of her and fell blessed to have known her. I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies.

  3. Our deepest sympathy John and Rose Marie.All the school nurses fondly remember Ava.We worked with her and cherished her friendship.Ava always had a smile and was always ready to lend a hnd. We will miss her.We shall remember Ava in our prayers.May our Lord bless you.

  4. My dear oldfriend John Banks: I saw your moms obit. in the paper and having lost my mom in sept.I wanted to offer my condolences and prayers.Its certainly been a long time.I have lots of fond memorys.May you find strenght in the Lord at this sad time in your life. Thomas Haesche

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