Raynelle Yancey O'Banion, 90, of Madison, Indiana died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011, at her residence.
She was born Jan. 14, 1921, in Jefferson County, the daughter of Louis Clarence and Effie Bell Cull Yancey. She lived all of her life in Jefferson County and was a 1939 graduate of Central High School. She attended a one-year program and graduated from the Miller Business College in Cincinnati, Ohio. She and her husband began farming in Jefferson County and continued to do so for many years. She worked as a secretary for Hiram Lemen Realty for several years in downtown Madison. She later worked as a secretary for Harold Ford Attorney-At- Law for several years and then at the Madison State Hospital as a secretary. She also worked as a secretary to Norman Arbuckle at the former Jefferson Proving Ground for 22 years, retiring Feb. 7, 1978. After retirement she worked part time at the Southwestern Elementary School cafeteria. She was a member of Hanover Baptist Church and enjoyed serving the congregation as the interlude organist. She also enjoyed volunteering, especially at The Waters of Clifty Falls as a pianist. She loved music and often enjoyed entertaining her guests in her home with her music. She enjoyed being a hostess, preparing meals for her family and guests, and raising flowers and her garden. She also enjoyed sharing time with her family and friends.
She is survived by one daughter, Donna Sue Bell of Madison; two brothers, Harold Yancey of Madison and Donald Yancey of Lexington, Ky.; one sister, Ella Jean Wood of Lexington, Ky.; one grandson; one granddaughter; three step grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; two step great-grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Purdy Hamilton O'Banion, whom she married Nov. 6, 1943, and who died July 23, 2005; one son, George Wayne O'Banion, who died Jan. 6, 1961; her parents; and three brothers, Charles Yancey, Banard Yancey and Norwood Yancey.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Hanover Baptist Church. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery.
Friends may call Thursday at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday at the church from noon until the service.
Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Hanover Baptist Church. Contribution cards are available at the funeral home.
Online condolences can be sent at www.morgan-nay.com