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Eleanor Burnham was born to Albert B. and Willie Mae McGooson on January 31, 1944 in Whistler Alabama. She was the youngest of five siblings, one brother and three sisters, Willie, Fannie (deceased), Ida, and Betty. She graduated from Blunt Hight School in Alabama where she was a majorette. She married Titus Banks, her high school sweetheart in 1961 they had four children. Eleanor migrated to Los Angeles in 1966 and got a job at Baxter Pharmaceutical as a lab technician. She settled into her new life and became a member of Tri-stone Missionary Baptist Church. Served with joy on the hospitality committee. She was a very friendly and outgoing person. She made everyone feel at home and valued. Her commitment to the Lord did not end there, she tirelessly helped and encouraged others. She imparted words of wisdom to all who crossed her path.
Eleanor married Henry Burnham in May of 1994. They had a wonderful life together. Eleanor had a burden to take care of aging parents so her and Papa Hank retired and relocated to Sacramento California. Eleanor flourished in Sacramento where was surrounded by the love of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Eleanor loved to shop and to decorate. She had a creative touch and she enjoyed arts and crafts. She loved to support children in their endeavors whether it be raising money to sponsor a child for an event or buying girl scout cookies. It gave her joy to bless the children.
After many years apart, Eleanor was reunited with her first love, Titus Banks and the two remained close until her passing. She was preceded in death by her parents Albert and Willie Mae, her beloved husband Papa Hank, her sister, Fannie Mae, and her niece, Cheryl Morgan. She leaves to mourn, her brother Willie, her sisters, Ida Williams (Fred) and Betty Davis (Eddie); her children Wardell Banks Sr. (Patricia), Wynee Shaw (Greg), Titus Banks, and Geva Banks-Harris (Greg); Erick, LaKiesha, Wardell Jr., Cassandra, Destiny, Andre’, Dante’, Jasmine, Jamelia, Titus, Sharmelia, Greg Jr (LG) and Conner; seventeen great grandchildren and two on the way! And a host of other loving relatives.