Lives Lived: Lucy Banfield
Lucy Banfield, a 25-year resident of Grass Valley, died peacefully March 6 at home surrounded by family. She was 92.
According to her wishes, no service will be held.
She was born March 19, 1917, in Kingsburg, to Bertha and Garabed Shidan. She was raised on her parents’ ranch and worked in their raisin vineyards while attending public schools.
She graduated from high school with honors and earned a teaching degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She began teaching in the Santa Monica area in 1941.
She married Everett Banfield, and the couple moved to the Monterey Bay area. She continued teaching until her two sons were born, when she became a full-time mother.
Mrs. Banfield volunteered in schools and at the newly built hospital as a pink lady. She also was actively involved in an adoption agency.
Another move took the family to Lake Tahoe, where she began volunteering at the public library. Soon, she was hired as a part-time and then full-time librarian.
Mrs. Banfield loved skiing, sailing and hiking. She was proud of her volunteer work for the California Parks, overseeing renovation of many historical structures around Lake Tahoe.
The Banfields moved to Grass Valley in 1985. She delved into gardening, continuing her lifelong love of working crossword puzzles. She also continued her passionate belief in adoption by contributing to Sierra Forever Families. She “informally adopted” the daughter she never had, Pam, and a grandson, Graham.
Mrs. Banfield cherished her family and friends, with whom she shared her loving heart and soul.
She is survived by her sons, Alan (Redding) of Nevada City and Bruce (Kelly); granddaughters, Christina and Margaret of Franklin, Tenn.; and sister, Victoria of San Francisco.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett; and brother, Hrand.
Donations may be made to Hospice of the Foothills and Sierra Forever Families.
Arrangements are by Chapel of the Angels Mortuary and Crematory, Grass Valley.
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