Jean Banks Stites

October 26, 2010 • Obituaries

Jean Banks Stites, 90, of Roswell, passed away Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010. Jean was born to William Charles and Jean Banks Rea, on Dec. 15, 1919, in Philadelphia, Pa. She was a loving mother and devoted grandmother.

She loved the Lord and was a member of Beulah Seventh Day [auth] Adventist Church. She enjoyed ceramics, arts and crafts and loved to read. In her early life, she was an engineer for Wrights Aeronautical Corporation in Woodridge, N.J. She also served with the New Mexico Civil Air Patrol. She is survived by one son: Bill Stites and his wife, Amy; one stepson: John C. Stites and his wife, Maralea, of Roswell; one sister: Helen Rea Morgan and her husband, Howard, of Pennsylvania; six grandsons: Bill Stites Jr., Stephen Stites, Beau Stites, Josh Stites, Buster Stites, Benny Stites; one granddaughter: Bethanie Stites, and 11 greatgrandchildren. Jean was preceded in death by both of her husbands and her parents, William Charles and Jean Banks Rea. Please share your thoughts and memories with the family in the online register book at

Cremation was under the direction of Anderson- Bethany Funeral Home and Crematory.

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