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12/14/2013 - Ila Mae Bannan

Funeral services for Ila Mae Bannan, age 89, of Crawford, will be on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM at Sioux County High School in Harrison, Nebraska with Father Berger officiating. 
Burial will follow at the Bannan Family Cemetery. 
A rosary will be Friday, December 13 at 5 PM at the Church of the Nativity in Harrison, NE.
A memorial has been established. Donations may be sent to Chamberlain Chapel, PO Box 970, Chadron, NE 69337.
Online condolences may be left at www.chamberlaichapel.com
Ila Mae (Buckley) Bannan passed away December 6, 2013 surrounded by her five children at the Ponderosa Villa in Crawford, Nebraska at the age of 89 years, 3 months and 26 days.
Ila Mae was born on August 10, 1924 to Roy and Opal (Case) Buckley at their home in Sioux County. She attended grade school in the Sioux County rural schools and high school in Harrison, Nebraska graduating with the class of 1942. During her senior year she completed normal training enabling her to teach school. After graduation Ila Mae taught school until marrying Laurance Bannan on April 8, 1944. To this union six children were born, Ardith Alice (stillborn), James Laurance, Lila Kay, Sharen Lee, Karen MaRee(twins) and Michael LeRoy.
Laurance and Ila Mae raised their children on the George Bannan homestead in the Highland community. Many times Ila Mae took on the sole responsibility of raising the children and taking care of the place while Laurance was away doing road construction work during the early years of their marriage. She was never afraid of hard work.
She began carrying mail on the Agate-Highland route in the mid 1970’s; she continued this task until July of 2012, many times six days a week. After moving to Harrison her cooking skills became sought after. Ila Mae was well known for her cinnamon rolls and pies served daily at Sioux Sundries. Her kitchen, although small, became a daily stop for grandkids and many of their friends to enjoy her home cooking.
Ila Mae was proud of her large extended family. One of her greatest joys was her brothers and their families. She always looked forward to cooking a meal for all. Each and every niece and nephew was special to Ila Mae. She took great pride in her fourteen grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren, always looking forward to watching their activities and enjoying their visits.
Throughout the years Ila Mae welcome many into her home for extended stays. These turned out to be lifetime friendships and a lesson for her family in compassionate giving.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Laurance, parents, Roy and Opal Buckley, in-laws George and Bess E. Bannan, infant brother, William, brothers Ivol and Buster, infant daughter Ardith, grandsons Donny Canaday and Boyd Bannan, brother-in-law Andy Bannan and sister-in-laws Pat, Margie, Joy, and Ila Buckley.
Immediate Survivors:
Children: Jim(Gloria Whiting) Bannan, Harrison, Kay Canaday, Chadron, Sharen(Bruce) Lambert, Whitney, Karen(Bill) Huntrods, and Mike Bannan, Harrison
Grandchildren: Kerry(Chrissy), Brent(Lora), Leslie, Chad(Carrie) Bannan, Jim(Jeanie), Tom(Jaymie), Roy Lambert, Tab(Chad) Bomberger, Shyenna(Austin) Engel, Chance(Crystal), Mika Huntrods, Sarah(TJ) Boyd, Trent Bannan
Great-Grandchildren: 21
Brothers: Bob, Bud (Sandy), and Tuck (Phyllis) Buckley
Many cousins, nieces, nephews, and lifetime friend and classmate Dorothy Schaefer.
Chamberlain Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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