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Mystic - Helen H. Banning, 88, died Thursday, March 19, 2015, at Academy Point, Mystic.To honor Mrs. Banning's request, cremation has taken place, and there will be no services. Mrs. Banning was born on Dec. 22, 1926, in Mason City, Neb., the daughter of Henry and Sena (Mohr) Robertson.She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 65 years, Edwin G. Banning, her sister and brother-in law, Catherine and James Murphree, and her brother-in-law, Homer Cordell.She is survived by her daughters and their spouses, Sheryl and Ronald Maggi of New London and Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Lynda and Norman Fougere Jr. of Duxbury, Mass. and Fort Myers, Fla. Her memory will be cherished by her grandsons, Norman III and his wife, Jamie Fougere, of Marshfield, Mass., Mark Fougere and his girlfriend, Jessica Weeks, of Fort Myers, Fla., and Matthew Fougere and his fiancee, Megan Cadigan of Quincy, Mass.; and by her great-grandson, Max Fougere of Marshfield. She is also mourned by her sister-in-law, Harlene Cordell of Lincoln, Neb., and her children, Thomas Cordell of San Francisco, Calif., Michael Cordell and his wife, Kate, of Charlottesville, Va., and Nanci Sherwood and her husband, James, of Lincoln.Helen was born and raised on a farm near Mason City, Neb., and was the valedictorian of her 1944 Irwin, Iowa high school graduating class. She enlisted in the World War II Cadet Nurse Corps and became a registered nurse.On Aug. 27, 1947, she wed her childhood sweetheart, Ed Banning of Mason City and made a loving home for her growing family in the many states where they lived. She was a kind and sweet woman and was liked by everyone. She was a nurse, a Girl Scout leader, a self-taught gourmet cook, an accomplished bridge player, a good friend, and an adventurous woman. She rode over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon and helicoptered over the Grand Canyon. She loved traveling with her husband on cruises and trips to Africa, Thailand, Russia, and the Galapagos Islands. She enjoyed sewing, gardening, reading, and most of all, spending time with her family.She will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.The family would like to thank the staff of Academy Point for their tender loving care.

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