August 19, 1941 – October 20, 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, 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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