Obituary: Sandra Adams Banks – Portland Press Herald



Sandra Adams Banks

SCARBOROUGH – Sandra Adams Banks, “Sandy, Mom, and Grams”, 84, went to Heaven on November 25, 2021. She was born on November 21, 1937 to the late Mildred Tribou Adams and Raymond Taylor Adams. Sandy was a graduate of Bangor High School and Westbrook Junior College. She was married to her devoted husband, Bill, for 64 years. In January 1958, they left for their first duty station in Honolulu, HI and their beautiful life together began. They raised four children and she loved her career as a mother, housewife and Navy wife. Sandy befriended neighbors and fellow Navy wives wherever they moved: Hawaii, San Diego, Italy, New Jersey, Virginia and Maine. She has worked with Navy Relief, been a Sunday School teacher, PTA volunteer and housemother, and was actively involved in all activities of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Sandy was a strong and independent woman who loved her family above all else and told them every day how much they meant to her. Sandy has never known a stranger. She was patient, warm and accepted everyone she met. Her bright eyes and infectious smile showed those around her how joyful life can be, even in difficult times. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Grams was able to give gifts of love and laughter to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she made sure each of them knew how special they are. She encouraged everyone who knew her to live and love to the fullest and follow their dreams. She will be sadly missed by all who were fortunate enough to know her.

Sandra was predeceased by her parents; his grandson, Steven “Tiger”; nieces Heather, Lisa and Natasha; and grandnephew, Collin; his brother, Raymond; and his brother-in-law, Sanford Miller.

She is survived by her husband, Captain William K. Banks, USN, retired; sister, Marie MacMillan and her husband, Stanley, of Hampden; sister-in-law, Joanne Miller, of Bangor; brother-in-law Frank Banks and his wife, Marny, of Fairfax, Va .; son, Steven Banks, of Standish; daughters, Lauri Dean and her husband, John, of Gorham, Lynaire Campbell, and her husband, Ron, of Check, Va., and Susan Banks, of Suffolk, Va .; grandchildren, Lindsay Moran and her husband, Chris, of Chelmsford, Mass., Andrew Dean, of Portland, Victoria Banks, of Poland, Taylor Banks, of Standish; four great-grandchildren, Cameron, Harper and Brooklyn Moran, and Nichole Reardon; several beloved nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Molly.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, December 12, 2021 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. Family invites relatives and friends to share a conversation and refreshments at the Brookings-Smith Family Welcome Center, 163 Center Street, Bangor, after the service. Masks are compulsory.

Condolences to the family can be expressed at

Those who wish to remember Sandy in a special way can donate to the King’s Daughters Children’s Hospital,

601 children’s way,

Norfolk, Virginia 23507


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