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Cecile Dickson Banner

Cecile Dickson Banner of Port Royal, South Carolina died Monday October 9, 2017, in her home surrounded by family, of biliary cancer. Born in the City of Washington March 24, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Cecil Bunyan and Daugherty Collins Dickson.

Her childhood was spent in Denison, Texas and Loudoun County, Virginia.

She graduated from the Madeira School, attended the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and received her AB degree from Sweet Briar College.

She taught at Fairfax Hall in Waynesboro, Virginia and the National Cathedral School for Girls in Washington before marrying the late Captain Roger Hicks Banner, United States Coast Guard. In the late 1960’s and through the seventies she served on the staffs of a number of political campaigns. When the family moved to Leesburg, VA she was a 4-H Extension agent, staff writer for the Loudoun Times Mirror and Director of Development at the Madeira School. In 1980 she joined the firm of Browning Associates, Newark, NJ which provided counsel to non-profit organizations throughout the country, retiring in 20017. A lifelong Democrat, she served on the state central committees of Connecticut and Virginia. Great Pyrenees dogs were an integral part of her life from childhood. In 2005 she and Captain Banner moved to Port Royal, South Carolina.

She is survived by her daughters Virginia Elisabeth Banner Rone of Glenn Dale, MD and Dr. Rebecca Lynne Banner of Alpharetta, GA, her son, Laurence Decker Banner of Charlottesville, VA; five stepchildren - Roger Lynne Banner of Raleigh, NC, Susan Nicole Banner of Allen, TX, Stephen Knowles Banner of Highland Park, IL, Leslie Banner Holubik of Coosada, AL and Joan Banner of Dayton Beach, FL; 15 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Sara Dickson Silver of Ashland, OR and her brother Walter Milam Dickson of Knoxville, TN.

The Celebration of the life and Christian witness of Cecile Dickson Banner will be held on Saturday October 14, 2017 at 11am at the Historic Chapel on Route 15 at Goose Creek followed by internment at Union Cemetery. A reception will follow. Memorial gifts may be made to The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation via their memorial gifts page on their website or at 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor, New York, New York 10004 or The Monks of Saint Gregory Abbey 56500 Abbey Road, Three Rivers, MI 49093-9595.

Arrangements are being coordinated by Anderson Funeral Home in Beaufort, SC and the Loudoun Funeral Chapel in Leesburg, VA. Online condolences may be expressed at http://www.loudounfuneralchapel.com.

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