Sarah P. Koppelman Banks, 91, volunteer, homemaker

March 24, 2006

Sarah Parker Koppelman Banks, a volunteer and homemaker, died of congestive heart failure March 16 at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville, where she lived for the past 14 years. The former Roland Park resident was 91.

Born Sarah Parker Koppelman in Baltimore and raised on Millbrook Road in Guilford, she was a 1932 Bryn Mawr School graduate.

In 1937 she married William Bradford Banks, a former president of the old Lord Baltimore Press on Eastern Avenue. After the firm was purchased by International Paper Co., they lived in Southbury, Conn., and in Manhattan, later returning to Baltimore.

Family members said Mrs. Banks enjoyed needlework and headed a committee to embroider kneeling cushions festooned with fruits and flowers of the Bible for St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Woodbury, Conn., where she had been a communicant.

She was a volunteer at Keswick Multi-Care Center and led a Girl Scout troop in Roland Park.

A memorial service was held Sunday at Church of the Good Shepherd in Ruxton, where she was a communicant.

In addition to her husband, survivors include two daughters, Sarah Van Cortlandt Banks Fengler of San Mateo, Calif., and Rebecca Ringgold Banks Mowbray of Ruxton; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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