Beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and sister, Patricia Jo Banker, returned to heaven on June 3rd, 2021. Born in Phoenix nearly 88 years ago, Pat attended Phoenix Union High School and then Good Samaritan School of Nursing, graduating as a registered nurse. While working at the VA Hospital in Tucson, she fell in love with a childhood acquaintance, Richard Williams, and they were married in 1957 in the Mesa Arizona Temple. Their happy marriage of more than 60 years was blessed with 5 children, 17 grandchildren, and a growing number of wonderful great grandchildren.
In addition to her large family, Pat loved being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served faithfully in every organization within the Church, especially treasuring the dear friends she made along the way. Her beautiful and powerful testimony of the Savior, Jesus Christ, brought her peace during a long life and comfort as it neared its end. Pat will also be remembered for hosting large family gatherings and creating a lifetime of sweet memories among those who were blessed by her generosity. She rarely had time to sit and relax, but was happiest when planning and cleaning up after family occasions or quietly helping someone in need.
Pat is survived by her loving husband, Richard; children, Melanie Gee (Clark), Carrie Nelson (Elliott), Lorrie Curriden (Dan), Tim Williams (Beth), and Jon Williams (Jessica); sisters Nancy Cottle and Sue Giles; brother, Gary Banker; and sister-in-law, Joneal Daw. She was preceded in death by her older brother, Cal Banker. Her memory will also live on in the hearts of the grandchildren and great grandchildren who brought her so much joy through the years.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 19th at the LDS church located at 3601 E. Shea in Phoenix. A public viewing will be held in the same location from 9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. with the family viewing to follow from 9:30 to 10:00 a.m. that morning. After the service, internment will be held at Greenwood Memory Lawn Cemetery, 2300 W. Van Buren Street.
Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to your local hospice organization or to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Humanitarian Fund.