Sandra Adams Banks

SCARBOROUGH – Sandra Adams Banks, ”Sandy, Mom, and Grams”, 84, went to Heaven on Nov. 25, 2021. She was born on Nov. 21, 1937, to the late Mildred Tribou Adams and Raymond Taylor Adams. Sandy was a graduate of Bangor High School and Westbrook Junior College. She was married to her devoted husband, Bill, for 64 years. In January 1958, they left for their first duty station in Honolulu, HI and their beautiful life together began. They raised four children, and she loved her career as a mother, homemaker, and Navy wife. Sandy made friends with neighbors and fellow Navy wives everywhere they moved: Hawaii, San Diego, Italy, New Jersey, Virginia, and Maine. She worked with Navy Relief, was a Sunday School teacher, PTA volunteer, and room mother, and was actively involved in all activities of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

Sandy was a strong, independent woman who loved her family first and foremost and told them every day how much they meant to her. Sandy never knew a stranger. She was patient, warm, and accepting of everyone she met. Her bright eyes and infectious smile showed those around her how joyous life can be, even through difficult times. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Grams was able to provide the gifts of love and laughter to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and she made sure each of them knew how special they are. She encouraged all who knew her to live and love to the fullest and follow their dreams. She will be fiercely missed by all who were lucky enough to have known her.

Sandra was predeceased by her parents; her grandson, Steven “Tiger”; nieces Heather, Lisa, and Natasha; and grandnephew, Collin; her brother, Raymond; and her brother-in-law, Sanford Miller.

She is survived by her husband, Captain William K. Banks, USN, Retired; sister, Marie MacMillan and her husband, Stanley, of Hampden; sister-in-law, Joanne Miller, of Bangor; brother-in-law Frank Banks and his wife, Marny, of Fairfax, Va.; son, Steven Banks, of Standish; daughters, Lauri Dean and her husband, John, of Gorham, Lynaire Campbell, and her husband, Ron, of Check, Va., and Susan Banks, of Suffolk, Va.; grandchildren, Lindsay Moran and her husband, Chris, of Chelmsford, Mass., Andrew Dean, of Portland, Victoria Banks, of Poland, Taylor Banks, of Standish; four great-grandchildren, Cameron, Harper, and Brooklyn Moran, and Nichole Reardon; many beloved nieces and nephews; and her cherished dog, Molly.

A memorial service will be held 11 am Sunday December 12, 2021 at Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St., Bangor. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments at the Family Reception Center of Brookings-Smith, 163 Center St., Bangor, following the service. Masks are required.

Condolences to the family may be expressed at

Those who wish to remember Sandy in a special way may make donations to The Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters,

601 Children’s Lane,

Norfolk, VA 23507


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