Ethel Craig Bannister, 99, of Vineyard Haven, MA, formerly of Washington, DC, died peacefully in her sleep on October 23, 2019 at the Royal Falmouth Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Falmouth, MA. Born September 9, 1920 in Washington, DC, she is preceded by her parents, Wesley and Edith Craig (Docket) of Washington, DC, a brother, Ellsworth, a son, Arthur Vaughn and a grandson, Christopher Vaughn. She was united in marriage to Clarence Bannister on September 17, 1948. They were married for 71 blissful years.
Ethel was a devoted wife and mother and she had an unwavering faith in God, She accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at an early age and attended St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Washington, DC. Ethel graduated from Dunbar High School in Washington, DC. Prior to marriage, she worked briefly as a clerk at the Pentagon. Although she lived in Massachusetts, she was always a Washingtonian at heart. While still living in DC as a young wife and mother, she especially enjoyed visiting her numerous relative in Maryland, which she lovingly called “the country”. She would often reflect on those visits to the country and talk about the times spent sitting around the table at her Aunt Ruby’s house, talking and laughing with her many cousins or watching the Negro League play baseball at the baseball diamond. She also enjoyed hosting parties for her family and friends when she lived on Myrtle Avenue. Ethel loved to travel, and she did so frequently with her husband. As a faithful Catholic, she especially enjoyed their trip together to visit the Vatican in Rome.
She is survived by her husband, Clarence; sons, Quenton and Amaury (Anne); granddaughter, Stephanie Vaughn; numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and beloved cousins.
Her funeral service and burial was held in Washington, DC on Tuesday, Oct 29.