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Mildred Banta

Mrs. Mildred C. Banta, 87, passed away in the presence of her family on Friday, June 13, 2008.

She was born October 7, 1920, George and Lula Bell Goins. She shared 48 years of marriage to Gilbert W. Banta before his death on March 11, 1992. Mrs. Banta was a faithful member of the Fountain City Wesleyan Church and enjoyed quilting and playing cards, especially Euchre.

Mrs. Banta will be missed by her son and daughter-in-law, Byron and Pam Banta; 1 granddaughter, Stephanie Banta; grandson, Zachary Banta and his wife, Venus, and great-grandson, Dylan Banta, all of Muncie; 3 sisters, Jennette Foreman and Helen Eley and her husband, Glen, all of Arcanum, Ohio and Dorothy Pearce, of Eaton, Ohio; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law, Clyde and Inez Goins, of Greenville, Ohio and Roy and Norma Goins, of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Banta was preceded in death by 1 son, Eddie Banta, on July 5, 1999; 1 granddaughter, Caryn Elaine Banta, on May 10, 1994; 1 sister, Bonnie Shelley; and 1 brother who died in infancy.

A funeral ceremony will be conducted by at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Goshen Cemetery.

Family and friends may gather for visitation from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of contributions to the American Diabetes Association, PO Box 11454, Alexandria, Virginia 22312.

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dear byron,
aunt shirley told me of mildred's passing. mike and i wanted to extend to you and the family our heartfelt sympathy.
i have so many fond memories of the times our parents spent together playing euchre and cooking chickens over an open-pit fire. great times with good people.
nancy mitchell miller

nancy mitchell miller Jun 16 2008 12:00 AM

Mildred and Gilbert have been family friends since the mid 1940's when they moved near my parents farm on Marine Road. Many happy memories are of events on the farm and sharing fun and work. I was always so deeply moved to see how each farm family helped one another. Gilbert was best friends with my brother, Raymond Mitchell and often stayed with him when he was in the hospital. I will always be grateful that they touched my life. I regret that I will be unable to attend either service, but please know how much I care for the family.

Shirley Wise Jun 15 2008 12:00 AM