Beatrice Banks

Obituary of Beatrice D. Banks

Smethport - Beatrice D. Banks, 78, of Rew, passed away unexpectedly, Saturday (October 21, 2023) at at her residence.


She was born October 31, 1944 in Port Allegany, the daughter of Lyle Rees and Martha (Raymer) Rees. On July 16, 1965, in the Bolivar Run Baptist Church, she married Ralph A. Banks, who survives.


She was a graduate of Smethport High School and was a home maker, tending to the needs of her family.


In addition to her husband, she is survived by:

One daughter:  Beatrice M. (William Thomas) Forsythe of Mt. Jewett

Two sons:  Ralph A. (Tandra L.) Banks, Jr. of Cyclone and Jesse A. Banks of Mt. Jewett

Eight grandchildren, nine great grandchildren

One brother: Walter (Sherry) Rees, and several nieces and nephews.


In addition to her parents, Beatrice was preceded in death by one brother and one sister.


In keeping with her wishes, there will be no services.


Memorials, if desired, may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  Online condolences may be made at


Arrangements are under the direction of the Hartle-Tarbox Funeral Homes, Inc., Smethport.


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