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Benita Bannerman-Davis

Benita Bannerman-Davis (Street)

Tuesday, August 19th, 1941 - Sunday, October 20th, 2019
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BANNERMAN-DAVIS, Benita
1941 – 2019
Mrs. Benita Bannerman-Davis, beloved wife of Mr. Ron Davis of Red Deer, passed away with her family by her side, on Sunday, October 20, 2019 at the age of 78 years.
Benita was born August 19, 1941 in High River. She grew up on a farm in Cayley, and attended High School in the Cayley – High River Area. She graduated from Holy Cross University in 1962, with a Degree in Nursing, and later went back to attend McGill University and University of Alberta, Edmonton, obtaining a Degree in Education. Benita had a powerful, resilient spirit, and was well-known for her ability to accomplish anything she set her mind to do. She served as both a Nurse and an Educator over a multi-faceted career. Highlights included working as an Emergency Room Nurse at a Major Trauma Unit in Hinton; Matron of a Nursing Home in Lacombe; fourteen years of teaching at Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School in Red Deer; and a Nursing Program Instructor in Red Deer College. During her life, Benita served as a source of strength and guidance, touching the lives of countless individuals and families. She was recognized by students, neighbors, colleagues, friends, and family as a kind helper to the vulnerable, a “firm hand in times filled with questions”, a “constant friend despite the distance”, and a powerful positive influence on the careers, choices, and life trajectories of many. Benita fought a valiant six year battle against an aggressive form of cancer, beating the odds to such an extent that her case has been documented in Medical Journals. Benita will be lovingly remembered by her loving husband, Ronald C. Davis, her children and grandchildren, James and Elisabeth Bannerman (Isabella, Ryann and Keigan), Brian and Dawn Bannerman (Else, Eleanor), and Kathy and Clint Green (Paige, Hunter). She was predeceased by her first husband, Lawrence Bannerman, and her parents, James and Gertrude Street. A Celebration of Benita’s Life will be held at Parkland Funeral Home, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer, Alberta on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Cremation entrusted to Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, Red Deer, Alberta. If desired, FLOWERS GRATEFULLY DECLINED. Memorial Donations in Benita’s honor may be made directly to the Red Deer Hospice Society at www.reddeerhospice.com, or to the Central Alberta Cancer Centre, 3942 – 50A Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta, T4N 6R2. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the loving staff at the Red Deer Cancer Center, the Red Deer Hospice, friends at Lonsdale Court, and other friends and family members throughout the world, for their constant love and support. Condolences may be sent or viewed at www.parklandfuneralhome.com. Arrangements in care of Parkland Funeral Home and Crematorium, 6287 – 67 A Street (Taylor Drive), Red Deer. 403.340.4040.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Thursday, October 24th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Thursday, October 24th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Parkland Funeral Home (Red Deer)
    Address
    6287 - 67A Street
    RED DEER, AB T4P 3V9
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    FLOWERS GRATEFULLY DECLINED
    Officiant
    Reverend Brenda Kersell
  • Reception

    Location
    Parkland Funeral Home Reception Centre
    Address
    6287 - 67A Street
    RED DEER, AB T4P 3V9
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Jennifer Cowen

Posted at 05:51pm
Benita was my Health Sciences/Sports Medicine teacher at Lindsay Thurber, this was the only class I excelled in as she made the class enjoyable and provided opportunity for every student to learn. Funny, 20 years later, I too am a Registered Nurse and I’m fairly certain her teacher had influence on this. She’s always had a a special place in my heart.

Jennifer (Moore) Cowen
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Heather Misek

Posted at 08:42am
Thinking of you all today as you celebrate Benita’s love of family, friends and life! Always loved, always remembered.
Frank, Heather, Grace & Chase Misek
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Patti Soley

Posted at 06:45pm
Benita will be missed by many!! I was in one of her first Health science classes at Lindsay Thurber back in the 80's. She was one of those teachers that stood out in your memory. I will miss all the visits with both Ron and Benita! Ron made sure my socks were an appropriate color for my shoes and pants . Condolences to you all.
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Edna Mackenzie

Posted at 04:10pm
It is with a heavy heart that I remember Benita. Yet one more woman, human being, has succumbed to the dreaded disease -Cancer.
Benita arrived in Wainwright where I had been working for several months. I immediately noticed her red hair which I loved. She was full of energy -a vivacious and positive person. She loved to joke and caused us to laugh in our down times. We loved to dance and planned many parties at the residence involving the hospital staff and friends.
We worked together for over a year when she headed to Montreal to take a 6 month course in Operating Room - management and practice.
She married Larry Bannerman in 1965. I was her only bridal attendant. It was a simple wedding. Neither of us believed in spending more than was necessary!!! I was married also in 1965. The children came . She and Larry went to Nassau for a time. Gradually with time and family commitments we drifted apart. But, Christmas letters were always important . We enjoyed relating and posting our past years activities and family adventures. I shall miss her letter. I shall miss her.
Edna (Ruks) Mackenzie and Mark Mackenzie

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Dianne Bownes

Posted at 03:13pm
One of the memories that always makes me laugh & your mom never forgot. When you were all living in B. C. & were coming to visit in Hinton your mom asked if they could bring me some fruit. Yes of course I said. Typical Alberta gal I didn’t know the different between a case of fruit in Alberta & one in B.C. Imagine my surprise when your mom arrived with the fruit. Bless her heart though, when she finished laughing, she helped me can it all.
Auntie Dianne.
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