Haverhill — Elizabeth M. (Brown) Banks, 80, of Haverhill, died Thursday, February 14, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Salem, New Hampshire, she was the daughter of the late, Philip and Thelma (Galvin) Brown. Raised and educated in Lawrence, she moved to Haverhill and attended Haverhill High School. A resident at Haverhill Crossings for the past ten years, she was affectionately known as Betty Boop.
With the assistance of Dr. Freeman, Betty created and named the Home Start Program. She walked countless miles throughout Haverhill, knocking on doors of families and encouraging them to be part of this new program. It was from this grass-roots effort she mentored many young families in Haverhill. Devoted to her God and knowing He will provide, she lovingly gave of herself to others. Ephesians 4:2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.
She leaves her two sons, John L. Banks and his wife, Marian, of Methuen, and Philip J. Banks and his wife, Theresa, of Haverhill, a daughter, Marlene Northey and her husband, Peter, of Salem, MA, fifteen grandchildren, Keri Paro, John Banks Jr., Nicole George, Kyle Banks, Thomas Tracy Jr, Matthew Tracy, Kelly Tracy, Jeffrey Tiebeck, Isaiah Banks, Steven Banks, Tiffany Banks, Karissa Banks, Jasmin Winters, Destiny Richard, and Shawn Winters. She will be deeply missed by her great grandchildren and all who knew her.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends and family are respectfully invited to call on Tuesday, from 5 until 8 PM. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 AM in the
Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main St. Haverhill. Burial will follow in Walnut Cemetery, Kenoza St. Haverhill. Memorial donations may be made to the Elizabeth M. Banks Memorial Fund, C/O Pentucket Bank 1 Merrimack St. Haverhill, MA 01830. Please visit Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook, or www.comeaufuneral.com.