Onis Banks

Onis Marie Banks

Monday, August 8th, 1938 - Friday, December 6th, 2019
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Onis Marie Banks, 81, of Benton Harbor, passed away on Wednesday, December 6, 2019, at her home.

A Celebration of Life service will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at 1PM, at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Pastor Scott Saylor officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Wednesday, December 11, 2019, from 11AM until time of service at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to New Day Church. Those wishing to leave a condolence online may do so at

Marie was born on August 8, 1938, to William & Violet (Abbott) Holland in McLeansboro, IL. On October 6, 1954, Marie married the love of her life Glendell “Glen” Banks in Mt. Vernan, IL. Marie worked for Big Lots for more than 20 years, she became known as “Mrs. Big Lots.” She was a member of New Day Church and enjoyed dinners with the “Spectacle Club.” Marie loved talking with people, but most of all she loved to spend her time with her family.

Marie is survived by her son, Jim Banks of Benton Harbor; 6 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; and sisters, Dottie & Inise both of IL.

Marie was preceded in death by her husband, Glendell Banks; parents William & Violet Holland; daughter Glenda Saffell; and sister Mary.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 1:00pm
    Starks & Menchinger Chapel
    2650 Niles Rd.
    St. Joseph, MI 49085
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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michelle beilman

Posted at 11:23am
i was so sad to see this post. I knew Marie when she would come to the beauty salon next door to my office. She was a feisty, beautiful woman who I am glad to have been able to call her my friend. I am so sorry that I missed the funeral. God Bless to her family at this time! Michelle

Kathy Gaston

Posted at 06:14pm
Marie was a beautiful lady and good friend. I worked with her at Big Lots she was always very kind to EVERYONE. She will be sadly missed and loved EVERYONE. Have a great journey my friend.

Katrina Barger

Posted at 10:27am
I could write a book on all the memories I have of my Aunt Marie, known to us as MaMa. But most of all I always thought of her as the ultimate lady. Never was there a time went to her house without feeling loved. In my childhood years, it was always a safe haven to go and visit Mama and Papa. Mama forever in our hearts, I will meet you on the other side.

Posted at 08:10am
We will miss you Biscuits & Gravy and all the fun you brought!
God Bless,
Ed & Jennifer Soltesz

Kimberly Brown-Knuth

Posted at 10:10pm
Dear sweet Aunt Marie, I’m so glad that I was able to spend some time with you this last month. I will always cherish those memories and keep them close to my heart. I will miss you dearly, but I take comfort in knowing that you are no longer in pain and that you and Uncle Glenn, Glenda and Mandy are together in heaven.

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