Barbara J. Banning

Jun 6, 1934 - Sep 14, 2019


With her family by her side, Barbara J. Banning (nee Gillies) peacefully entered into Eternal rest on September 14, 2019 in Sacramento, CA.
Born to Vivian and Herbert Gillies in Houston, TX she lived in several states as a supportive Air Force wife and homemaker before settling in California. Yet, she remained a proud Texan throughout her life. She loved the Lord, her Country, community, family, and dear friends.

Barbara was employed by Sears which she enjoyed greatly. She also enjoyed volunteering in her community, such as with the Officer’s Wives Club and the Soroptimist Club in Southern California. Following her retirement from Sears, Barbara began a new “retirement career” as a volunteer in her community. From December 1994 to July 2017, she proudly served as a member of the Volunteers in Partnership with the Sheriff (V.I.P.S.) with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department, volunteering her time and services. She was recognized by the Department as having been one of the longest serving volunteers, dedicating over 16,522 hours.

Mrs. Banning is survived by her sister, Dorothy; 3 children and their spouses; 4 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her brother, Wayne Gillies.

A Celebration of her Life will be held at East Lawn Mortuary & Sierra Hills Memorial Park Services, 5757 Greenback Lane, Sacramento, CA on September 23, 2019 at 11:00 am. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent in her memory to the American Lung Association.


  • Kate Adams says:

    Barb, Your quick wit and amazing smile will be missed so much! The world was a better place because of you and I will forever have a special place in my heart for you.

    • Brandon Luke says:

      Barb, it was a joy to have you around the office, we will miss your laughter, your baking and your infectious smile. Your memory will forever remain in our hearts.

  • blondidino says:

    Sweet Barb, what a wonderful person you have always been to the Johnson family. I know you were the keeper of my Mother-in-love’s secrets very often, and you were a great life friend for her. I remember the first time I met you, over at the Sheriff’s Service center on Watt. I knew you were B’s Mom, and just wondered what you would be like. You were classy, sassy, smart, traveled, articulate, witty, and most of all, available to be a family friend we grew to love and adore. Thank you, Miss Barb, for all the visits and the heart-sharing with me over the years. I will miss you very much, and can only imaging the story telling you have to catch up with up there in heaven. You will be so missed here on this side.

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