Mathilde "Hilda" Scharpf Banks

Monday, November 20, 1939 - Tuesday, July 27, 2021

A Beautiful and Loved Lady

Photo of Mathilde "Hilda" Scharpf Banks  - 1939-2021

Canton - When reading the words of the poet, E. E. Cummings, “I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart) I am never without it…”, we are reminded of the immeasurable love we held for Mathilde “Hilda” Scharpf Banks, especially in the hearts of her family.

During the peaceful early morning hours of Tuesday, July 27, 2021 Hilda Scharpf Banks, age 81, left this life and entered into a glorious Heavenly place of peace.

Hilda was born November 20, 1939 to the late Josepf Scharpf and the late Centa Hartman Scharpf in Bad Wörishofen, Germany located in the heart of the Bavarian Alps and she often enjoyed sharing delightful memories of where she grew up with her family and friends.  This was her beloved home where she met the love of her life, Val Gene Banks, while he was stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army honorably serving his country. This chance meeting began a true love story and an amazing life journey for these two special people.  In the year 1958, Val Gene returned to the States, bringing with him his beautiful wife Hilda and their precious first-born daughter to make their home in Canton.  Their lives were later blessed with three other wonderful children and together Hilda and Val Gene shared 64 ½ years of a happy marriage and life together.  A truly proud moment in Hilda’s life was becoming a citizen of the United States of America.  Our memories of Hilda remind us of the deep devotion to her family and the great pride and joy she had for each of her children and grandchildren. She was employed with Polly’s Florist in Canton for twenty dedicated years and she touched the lives of countless people with her charming smile, the sparkle in her eyes, and most importantly, her kind heart.  Hilda loved her home and she spent endless hours working in her garden among her lovely flowers. She enjoyed decorating for the holidays and she always had the perfect touch for making things extra special. She and Val Gene loved to travel, especially taking trips internationally but she was always delighted to return to her home in Canton. In the words of her family, “She was the unofficial Mayor of Canton” simply because she was so well-known and loved by everyone. Hilda held a strong faith and she was a member of Canton First Baptist Church. Our hearts are heavy as we feel the great loss of such a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. We shall miss her always. A sweet way to remember our precious Hilda would be to share a beautiful flower with someone, be kind and caring to others, and cherish each and every one of life’s special moments! She would be deeply pleased.

Surviving are her husband, Val Gene Banks; her children, Donna Cope and husband Michael of Canton, Sandra Lane and husband David of Talladega, Alabama, Doug Banks and wife Wendy of Asheville, and Teresa Swaringen and husband Kip of Zebulon; seven grandchildren that she cherished; brothers, William Scharpf, and Joseph Scharpf; sisters, Erica Wölfl, and Nanny Janisch; and also a multitude of dear friends.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, July 31, 2021 in the chapel of Crawford / Ray Funeral Home with Reverend Ray Shepard officiating. The family will be receiving friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service. The Banks family request that guests practice all COVID-19 safety precautions to help keep everyone safe.  Burial will be in Crawford / Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde. Serving as pallbearers will be Doug Banks, Bender Lowe, Jason Rask, Calvin Banks, David Lane, and Danny Gregg.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Leukemia Research Fund, 191 Waukegan Road, Suite 105, Northfield, IL 60093-2744.

Crawford/ Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored to be caring for the Banks family.

The live stream of the funeral service may be viewed here

The Memorial Tribute Video may be viewed here



Condolences from family and friends

Gene, Doug and family, So sorry for your loss of Hilda! She was a good friend to me. We started walking in the neighborhood after I came home in 2008 to help care for my dad who had cancer. She was always such an encouragement as I walked through that and as I cared for my mom for 11 years till she passed. I enjoyed walking with Hilda and hearing about her family and she also encouraged me so much. Hilda was strong, kind, generous and wise. I learned so much from her. I talked to her last about a month ago while she was still at home. She gave me words of wisdom as I shared about wanting to go to the beach but didn't know if I should spend the money. She told me that life was too short and not to put off things I wanted to do. I appreciated her friendship and will greatly miss seeing her and visiting with her. It is heart wrenching to part with a wife and mom. Praying you will know the presence of Jesus who is walking with you through this.
Helen-Mary Cowart
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.
Pisgah High Class of 1975
Donna and family, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. She was such a special lady. Please know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Blessings, Kim J Shuping
Kim Johnson Shuping
Prayers to all the family. Hilda was a such a kind and sweet lady with a beautiful smile that always made you feel good any time you were around her.
Pam Ledford
I did her hair for years and after I retired she still came to the salon . I will never forget the first time I met her . She talked as country as I did but could hear a slight accent .She explained where she was from . Oh how I loved my time spent with her . She was more than a client a wonderful friend . My thoughts and prayers are with her family .
Goldie Jenkins
So sorry for your loss. Praying for God’s comfort during this time.
Greg and Beth Yates
Teresa i am so sorry to hear about your mom she was a special lady and i have many wonderful memories of her in my childhood. to many to list please know i am thinking of you all and saying prayers for comfort during this time
Beth Nelson
Mr. Banks and family, Eddie and I are thinking about you during these time. Hilda was such a sweet lady. We always enjoyed talking to her and Val after we were finished mowing the yard. She had a kind heart. We were blessed by knowing her.
Eddie and Tammie Beck
Dad and I are very sorry for your loss.
Joe Wells , Doug Wells
So sorry for your loss. We loved Hilda and enjoyed our lunches and reunions with her and VAL Gene. Prayers for the family.
Canton High School class of 1953.
Donna and family I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is so hard.
Hilda Keener
My condolences to Sandra and family. She was such a beautiful and sweet lady. Praying for all.
Joyce Berry & Family
Ich habe mich heute von meiner Lieblingschwrster verabschiedet. Meine Tränen bringen sie nicht zurück, aber in meinem Herzen ist immer ein Platz für sie. Ich vermisse sie so sehr. I love you Nanny
Nanny Janisch Germany
We were saddened to hear of your loss Teresa and family. We will be praying for you all. May God give you comfort and peace during this time.
David & Karen Orndorff
To the family, I am so sorry about the loss of your wife and mother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Martha Early
So sorry for your loss. Losing a mother is difficult and our prayers are with each of you. Sincerely, the Reno family (Robin, Annette and Johnny)
Annette Reno
So sorry to hear of Hilda passing.She was such a special lady .I have so many special memories with her at Polly’s shared laughters and wonderful conversation.She will always be in my best memories and missed.She came to our garden this time last year picked dahilas to take to her neighbors and veggies we both enjoyed it so much.My thoughts and prayers with all the family.I will miss haveing a wave passing her on her walks.
Gail Henson
Sandra, I was so sad to hear of your moms passing. She was a wonderful soul and much loved. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Carol Willis sorrells