Mary Beth Banks

Sept. 20, 1950 – April 14, 2018


Mary Beth Banks, 67, Altoona, died Saturday at UPMC Presbyterian Pittsburgh.

She was born in Tyrone, daughter of James and Mary Agnes (Grieble) Gillam. On Aug. 17, 1974, she married Howard L. Banks at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Tyrone.

Surviving are her husband; a daughter, Jamie (Robbie) Banks of Altoona; two sons: Todd (Amy) of Hollidaysburg, and Eric (Kara) of Altoona; four grandchildren: Drew, Josh, Allie and Nora; and three sisters: Roberta Woomer of Tyrone, Patrice DelBaggio of Tyrone and Sue Evans of Pittsburgh.

She was preceded in death by a brother, James; and a sister, Kathleen.

Mary Beth was a 1968 graduate of Bishop Guilfoyle High School and a 1972 graduate of Lock Haven University with a degree in special education and elementary education. She retired as a teacher from Myers Elementary School in Bellwood in 2013 after 30 years of service.

She loved spending time with her family, grandchildren and her many friends. She enjoyed going on vacations to Emerald Isle, N.C., and Disney World, where she created many lifelong memories that will forever be cherished by her family.

She truly impacted all of those she came in contact with and will forever be remembered for her charm, sense of humor and beautiful smile. She spent much of her retirement volunteering at Myers Elementary School and enjoyed her time with her fellow teachers. Mary Beth was dedicated to her church, St. Mark’s Catholic Church, Altoona, and she was loved by her many friends and will be forever missed and remembered.

Friends will be received from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at Feller Memorial Home, Tyrone. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon Thursday, April 19, 2018, at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Tyrone, Father Jozef Kovacik celebrant. Interment will follow at Oak Grove Cemetery.

Memorial gifts may be made to Bellwood-Antis School District Fund, 300 Martin St., Bellwood, PA 16617 or at