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Judith Coover

June 11, 2020

Judith Coover 78, calmly passed away June 11, 2020 at Comfort Care Homes, Newton, KS.

Judy died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.


Judy was born on February 10, 1942, in Grand Island, Nebraska. She married Jim

Banman on July 20, 1984, in Arvada, Colorado. They lived in Denver and

Centennial, Colorado, and relocated to Kansas in November 2017.


Judy graduated cum laude from the University of Nebraska in 1965 with a degree

in psychology. She retired in 1998 as regional manager of administration with the

Department of Housing and Urban Development in Denver.


Judy possessed a caring and tender soul. In her retirement years, she volunteered

as a surrogate grandmother in Denver at Families First, a home for sexually and

physically abused children, and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA),

looking after the welfare of children in the court system until her memory decline



Judy with Jim loved to travel. Together, they visited four continents and many

U.S. states. She was athletic as a recreational swimmer, golfer, skier and

undaunted by bicycling long distances. Judy’s passion was making quilts and

fabric art. Her arms were always welcoming to her step-grandchildren, planning

in detail their visits to Denver.


Surviving Judy are her devoted husband of 35 years, Jim Banman, North Newton,

KS; her son, T.J. (Jennifer Hancock) Gerlach of Grand Junction, CO; her step

children, Steve (Sandy) Banman of Goessel, KS; Susan Banman (Riccardo) Sileci of

Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Christine (Polly Schattel) Banman of Asheville, NC. She also

is survived by five step-grandchildren: Craig Banman, Goessel, KS; Allison (Albino)

Quinones; Austin, TX; Audrey Sileci, Sao Paulo; Natalie (Jonah) Mills, Redding, CA;

Jacob Schattel, Asheville, NC., and two step-great-grandchildren,

Albi Quinones and Gigi Mills.


 Judy’s sister, Patricia Molden, and her parents, Frank Glenwood and Marguerite Marian (Haddel) Coover predeceased Judy.


She also leaves many friends in Colorado where she lived for 44 years.


Cremation followed Judy’s death. Her ashes will await Jim’s and will be inurned

together in Restlawn Gardens of Memories Cemetery, Newton.


Judy chose for memorial gifts to be designated to Advocates for Children in Aurora, CO, sent to Petersen Family Funeral Home, 215 N. Main St., Newton, KS 67114.


A memorialservice will follow at a later date.

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  1. Jim, we were sad to hear of Judy’s passing. She was very friendly to Lee. It was good to get to know both of you during mealtimes at CCHHC. We hope that you receive ongoing comfort from your extended family and from the God of all creation in the days and weeks ahead.

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