Cecelia Lou Stutes Banker

July 6, 1933 ~ November 9, 2011

Cecelia "Lou" Stutes Banker, 78, of Vinton died at 8:06 AM on November 9, 2011 in a local hospital due to cancer complications.

Mrs. Banker was born on July 6, 1933 in Orange, TX and was a long time resident of Vinton, LA. In her earlier years she was employed with South Central Bell Telephone Company before becoming owner of C L Western Wear in Vinton. For the past 23 years she worked at Delta Downs for Louisiana Racing Commission. Mrs. Banker was a parishioner of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Vinton, LA.

Those left to cherish her memory are a brother, Tommie Stutes and wife Tommie Lou of Carlyss; her Godchild and great niece, Darnell Richard Eastman and husband Scott of Lake Charles; many nieces and nephews; a son, Alan Banker and wife Peggy of Martinsburg, WV; three grandchildren, Falon, Dylan, and Dalton Fred Banker; a daughter, Deborah Jones of Loomis, CA. Also surviving her are her very dear friends, residence of Vinton, LA, and co-workers with the State of Louisiana Racing Commission.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Fred Banker; her parents, Alcide Stutes, Sr. and Cecilia Roy Stutes; and six brothers; and seven sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, November 11, 2011 in the Johnson Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Susil Fernando will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Memory Garden Cemetery. Visitation will be on Thursday from 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM with a rosary being recited at 5:30 PM. Visitation will continue on Friday from 8:00 AM until the start of the service.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff at Odyssey Hospice and also to the many doctors, nurses, and aides at Lake Charles Memorial Hospital.

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  1. Aunt Lou will be missed n loved greatly in my heart. She was the best Gr Aunt ever!!! I always enjoyed spending time with her as a Child n going to her Western Store in Vinton. I'm thankful that my kids got to know her love, kindness n sweet deposition. My Thoughts n Prayers are with my whole Family n especially my PopPop (Tommie Stutes). I love each n everyone of you!! She was still beautiful, sweet, n kind n a fighter until the day she went to live with our Heavenly Father. She will be greatly missed by all!!

  2. I met Ms. Lou at my place of work, Vinton City Hall. She was such a sweet lady and always had a smile when she came in to pay her bill. Even during the time of her sickness, she always had a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed by all of us at City Hall who knew her. My prayers are with her family and friends.

  3. Miss Lou will be remembered for her grace, kindness, strength and willingness to see beyond the surface and embrace the bit of God in every living thing.She was a lady, a gentlewoman, a woman of amazing strength and dignity, a teacher, a shepard and beacon of light in a world that desperately needed her.In her honor, I will do my best to carry her spirit by living her gift of grace.Her soul rests with God …. her legacy lives in me and the others who's lives she made a positive impact on.I'm unable to be there to honor her final ceremony in this world …. but I am there in Love.

  4. Ms. Lou will be greatly missed by all she associated with….I had the pleasure to work with her at the Racetrack in Vinton many, many, years ago. I also worked at the Vinton City Hall of which I would often see her. I remember most that she was not one to cross….oh boy LOOK out. But if she liked you, man that was a GOOD thing. You could not ask for a much kind hearted person. To her family…..I for one will miss her lovely smile…She has ran a great race, Now it's time for her to have peace……May GOD grant you the peace and strength to overcome this……Stephanie Starring Hardy

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