Sundra Sue Mallory
HOT SPRINGS — Sundra Sue Banks Mallory was born November 6, 1943, in Kilgore, Texas to La Vern Mason Banks and James Aubrey Martin Banks. Peace and rest came to her on March 23, 2023 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Sundra grew up in Laird Hill, Texas (a small East Texas oil town) and graduated from Leverett’s Chapel High School in 1962. During High School she was a member of the band playing the clarinet and the bass drum. After graduation she attended Kilgore College. Her most fond and proudest memory of college was being a member of the Ranger band and being able to travel with the world famous Rangerettes drill team. Sundra began her career in Houston, Texas working in a financial office. While living in Houston, Sundra and her sister Jeanie were travelling to see family in East Texas when they were involved in a car wreck in Cushing, TX. As a result, Sundra had a broken leg which took more than a year from which to recover keeping her in East Texas at her parent’s home. While recovering, Sundra and her across-the-street neighbor, Patty Bozeman who was also recovering from a surgery, had many conversations on the phone, watching each other through living room windows and playing lots of cards. After recovering from her broken leg, Sundra moved to Dallas, Texas where she worked for Southland Life (on the 16floor in the actuarial department which was how she ALWAYS described that job!), Thoreson Tool and Lyons Manufacturing. Sundra retired from Lyons Manufacturing in 2012 where she had worked for 27 years. After “retirement” in Dallas, Sundra moved to Hot Springs, Arkansas where she became “not retired”. She joined a Tai Chi group, played Mahjong, was the bookkeeper for Timbercrest Mobile Home Park for period of time and worked full time for the Garland County Election Commission. Sundra was a member of Oaklawn United Methodist Church, where she volunteered for the church food pantry, sang with the Praise Team, was a member of the Pairs and Spares Sunday School Class and helped in the church office when needed. A weekly highlight was playing cards on Sundays after church with her friends and sharing a meal together. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Richard Mason “Corky” Banks. Sundra is survived by her adopted sons: Philip Trusty and Doug Wingfield; sister: Jeanie Rogerson and husband Paul; nephews: Chris Banks and wife Christine; Matt Rogerson and wife Robin; nieces: Tammy Simper and husband Keith; Elizabeth Budnek and husband Doug; great-nieces: Victoria Randolph and husband Vince; Rachel Stringer and husband Daniel; Rebecca Molen and husband Shane; Bethany Budnek; great-nephew: Steven Maybray; great-great-nieces: Tabitha Simper; Katrina Simper Addison Maybray; great-great-nephews: Keaton Simper; Hunter Randolph; Branson Randolph; Grayson Maybray and a host of cousins. Inurnment graveside services will be held at a later date at the Kilgore City Cemetery, Kilgore, Texas. A special thanks to Belvedere Nursing & Rehab for the care given to Sundra in her last months and to Voneta Meeker for her daily visits to Sundra while at Belvedere. Memorials may be made to: Oaklawn United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 216 Higdon Ferry Rd, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71913,Belvedere Nursing & Rehab Activities Fund, 2600 Park Avenue, Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901, or a charity of your choice. Online condolences at www.caruth-hale.com
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