Helen Banks

Helen W. Banks (Whitford)

Sunday, October 27th, 2019
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Helen W. (Whitford) Banks, 87, beloved wife of William A. Banks, of Westminster St., Westerly, passed away at her home on Sunday, October 27, 2019.

Born in Westerly she was the daughter of the late Allen O. and Marguerite Whitford.

Helen was employed at the Westerly Nursing Home as a CNA for years. She then worked at The Westerly Hospital until her retirement in 1996. She was a devoted communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Church and a member of the Daughters of Isabella. She also volunteered at The Westerly Hospital for many years.

She leaves behind two sons, David A. Banks of Westerly and Stephen W. Banks of Mystic; three daughters, Kathleen M. Crowley of Westerly, Karen A. Santos of Pawcatuck, and Kristine McClure of Unionville, CT; sixteen grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Paul Whitford.

Visiting hours will be held on Wednesday from 4-7pm at Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly. A Funeral Liturgy will take place at 10am on Thursday at St. Mary’s Church, 95 Main St., Stonington. Burial will follow at River Bend Cemetery, Westerly. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the St. Michael Capital Campaign, 60 Liberty St., Pawcatuck, CT 06379 in Helen’s memory. For online condolences please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Wednesday, October 30th, 2019 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home
    59 Spruce Street
    WESTERLY, RI 02891
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  • Service

    Thursday, October 31st, 2019 | 10:00am
    Thursday, October 31st, 2019 10:00am
    St. Mary's Church
    95 Main Street
    STONINGTON, CT 06378
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  • Interment

    River Bend Cemetery
    117 Beach Street
    WESTERLY, RI 02891
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Posted at 09:43am
My deepest condolences go out to the entire family, and my thoughts and prayers are with you all.


Posted at 12:49pm
Sincere sympathy to all the family for your loss of Helen. We worked together at Westerly Hospital and Helen was always so good to all the patients, a helpful coworker, and wonderful person.

Jeannette Cozzolino

Posted at 12:03pm
Dear Bill and Family:
So sorry to see of Helen's passing. She will always be with you--in your heart. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace, Friend.
Jeannette Cozzolino

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