Mary O. Bankes, 101, of rural Elkader, died Friday, January 29, 2016, at Central Community Hospital in Elkader. Mary was born December 20, 1914, on a farm near Mederville, to George and Hilda (Lemka) Hubbard. She attended country school and Elkader Public School. She was baptized and confirmed in 1932, by Rev. Paul Kitterer in the Evangelical and Reformed Church.
She was united in marriage to Otto N. Bankes on November 25, 1933, in Charles City. Mary and Otto were long time members of Peace United Church of Christ in Elkader, where she served as a chairperson of various committees. Mary also served as a 4-H leader for 10 years and co-leader for five more years.