Posted on Saturday, 12th August 2017 | Salisbury
Doris Bridget Banks, 91, of Delmar, passed peacefully from this life surrounded by her daughter, grandson and close friend on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. Born on February 9, 1926 in Milltown, Dublin, Ireland, she was a daughter of the late John A. D’Arcy and Mary Fellowes D’Arcy. Doris was one of six children and won many medals for competition Irish step-dancing in her youth. She also earned a silver fa`inne for fluency in Gaelic, the native language of Ireland. Doris was chosen as “Miss Dublin” in 1950 and had a beautiful oil portrait done of her by the late Irish artist, George Collie, which he named, “the Rose of Tralee”. Her dream was to come to the United States, and in 1950 she immigrated to the U.S. on the Merchant ship, the American Leader. Singer, Eartha Kitt and her husband were also passengers on the ship, but the news crew was more interested that “Miss Dublin” was on board. In October of 1950 she married Frank Richardson and had two children during the marriage. Doris was always a hard worker and spent most of her working career in the newspaper business at Mardelva News and Bay State News in the office. In 1957 she proudly became a U.S. citizen in Salisbury, by passing her citizenship test. Doris loved politics and voted religiously throughout her life. She also enjoyed gardening, reading, music and parties. Mostly she enjoyed time spent with family and friends. Everyone who knew her loved her Irish wit and loving personality. In addition to her parents, Doris was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Banks; brother, Jack D’Arcy and his wife, Betty; sisters: Eileen Abdurab and her husband, Ali and Elsie Coady and her husband, Bill; brother-in-law, Mike Harding and son-in-law, Edward Jackson. She is survived by a daughter, Sandra Jackson and her fiancé, Rex Willing of Delmar; a son, Gary Richardson of Salisbury; a granddaughter, Bridget Millar and her husband, James of Leesburg, VA; a grandson, Sean Jackson and his wife, Heather of Delmar; two great-grandchildren, Noah Jackson and Emma Millar; a sister, Patricia Kersting and her husband, Peter of England; sister, Rosemary Harding of California and a close friend, Brenda Parish of Delmar. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt Thank You to all the doctors, nurses and support staff at PRMC for the care she received during her illness and to the staff at Delmar Nursing Home for the short time she was there. In lieu of flowers, expression of sympathy may be made to Christ United Methodist Church, 211 Phillip Morris Drive, Salisbury, MD 21801. A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 11 am at Holloway Funeral Home, P.A. in Salisbury with Pastor Thomas McKelvey officiating. A visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Shad Point Cemetery in Salisbury. Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, P.A., 501 Snow Hill, Salisbury, MD 21801. To send condolences to the family please visit www.hollowayfh.com.
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