Marian C. Banet, “Chris“, a longtime resident of Littleton, CO passed away peacefully on April 20, 2020 in Aurora, CO at the age of 94.
She was born in Louisville, KY on March 2, 1926 to Minnie and “Ben” Schnepp. She drew maps during the war and worked at the Ford Motor Company where she met her future husband, Bernard “Bernie” T. Banet, after the war. They married in 1949 and honeymooned in New Orleans.
Though difficult to leave her parents and friends in Louisville, the family moved to Colorado in 1962 for the fresh clean air as treatment for their son Stephen’s childhood asthma. Chris grew to love Colorado and especially the view of the Rocky Mountains. Growing up, we spent many a weekend driving through the canyons, camping or watching the aspens turn. She was a travel enthusiast: visiting all 50 states, staying with her daughter in Switzerland numerous times, and enjoying Alaskan cruises. Attending Broncos games was a highlight after being a fan since 1962.
Chris called Heather Gardens home from 1976-2015 and took advantage of enjoying all the activities offered there. She was also her building’s rep for many years, and participated in various organizing committees. Despite her move to Heather Gardens, she continued to play poker every Friday for 50 years with her Southglenn girlfriends. Her warm smile and quick-witted humor will be dearly missed.
Bernie preceded Chris in death in 1975. She is survived by her 2 children: Stephen Banet (Diane) of Goodyear, AZ and Denise Haberthuer (Bernhard) of Knonau, Switzerland, 6 grandchildren: Stephanie, Jonathan (Elizabeth), Tyler (Rachael), Katie (Cody), Nicole and Eric and 2 great grandchildren: Taylor and Evan.
Chris will be interred at Ft. Logan National Cemetery on April 30, 2020. Due to the present circumstances, the church service and a memorial service at Ft. Logan will take place at a later undetermined date.
The family suggests any donations be sent in her name to the Denver Branch of the Colorado Alzheimer’s Association.
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