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Mary Lou (Pontius) Banker

March 26, 1928 ~ August 14, 2019 (age 91)

Mary Lou Banker, 91, of Elkhart died Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at Hubbard Hill Estates.

She was born March 26, 1928 in Ashland, OH to the late Rev. George C. and Helen (Harden) Pontius.  Also preceding her in death were two sisters, Patricia Hall and Millicent Stutzman.

Mary Lou married Thomas A. Long.  They later divorced and on September 12, 1981in Elkhart she married Robert G. Banker.  Bob died March 15, 2017.  Surviving are one daughter, Shelley Knauf; one son, Gary M. Long; four grandchildren: Stefan Knauf, Gregory (Stephanie) Knauf, Sarah Elston and Michael Long and three great grandchildren; Jacob and Joshua Elston and Wyatt Knauf.

Mary Lou was a 1946 graduate of Elkhart High School and attended Taylor University.  She worked in production for several years at CTS.  She later worked at Elkhart General Hospital in the medical records division for twenty-five years.  She was also a member of the Elkhart General Hospital Auxiliary and the American Businesswomen’s Association.

Visitation for Mary Lou will be held on Friday, August 16th from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Hartzler-Gutermuth-Inman Funeral Home where services will be held on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. and burial will be in Rice Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in memory of Mary Lou may be made to Operation Mobilization for account Mark Stutzman P. O. Box 444 Tyrone, GA 30290 or Faith Mission of Elkhart 801 Benham Ave. Elkhart, IN 46516.


Donations may be made to:

Operation Mobilization for account Mark Stutzman
P. O. Box 444, Tyrone GA 30290

Faith Mission
801 Benham Ave., Elkhart IN 46516


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