Loving wife and mother, wonderful daughter and sister, Jenny was positively buoyant and epitomized all that is right with the world. Everyone who met her came away feeling uplifted by her presence and enthusiasm. She was kind, beautiful, creative, athletic, and poised. Her love for life was evident to all around her. She was loved by family and friends with the same intensity that she showed in her love for others. It's an unfathomable tragedy that her young life was cut short on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007. She will be missed. And she will be remembered for the bright light that she was. Graham Gibbs Bankston was born to Jenny and her husband, Chip, on Nov. 1, 2007. Graham was called back into the loving arms of his heavenly father only six and half weeks later on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2007. The entire family is finding strength in God and knowing that this is all part of his divine plan. Jenny Gibbs Bankston is survived by her husband, Dr. Larry "Chip" Bankston Jr.; parents, Sandy and Bob Gibbs Jr.; brother, Randy Gibbs; twin sister, Becky and spouse Brian Lavelle; grandmother, Margaret Gibbs; Ruby, Buck and many other relatives and friends. Graham Gibbs Bankston is survived by his father, Dr. Larry "Chip" Bankston Jr.; grandparents, Sandy and Bob Gibbs Jr., Larry S. and Lynn Bankston Sr. and Jane Vance Smith; great-grandparents, Margaret Gibbs, Graham Vance and Jesse Bankston Sr.; uncles, Randy Gibbs, Benjamin V. Bankston, Hunter W. Bankston and Kendall J. Krielow; aunts, Becky Lavelle, Lauren E. Bankston and Ashlyn C. Krielow. There will be a Memorial Service and Celebration of Jenny and Graham's lives on Thursday, Dec. 27, at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 2100 Fourth Ave. North, Birmingham, Ala., and a reception following in the fellowship hall. A reception celebrating the lives of Jenny and Graham will take place Sunday, Dec. 30, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Wayzata Country Club; interment and memorial services on Monday, Dec. 31, at 10 a.m. at Lakewood Memorial Chapel, 3600 Hennepin Ave. South, Minneapolis, MN 55408. To contribute to Jenny's Light, a nonprofit foundation dedicated to building awareness, detection and treatment for postpartum disorders, please remit to Jenny's Light, 5021 Vernon Ave., Suite 107, Edina, MN 55436. Thank you for helping and understanding.
Published in TheAdvocate.com from Dec. 22 to Dec. 26, 2007