Rev. The C. Elsie Banks Dame

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The Rev. C. Elsie
Banks Dame, 88
PORTLAND -- The Rev. C. Elsie Banks Dame, 88, retired United Methodist pastor, died on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in Portland.
Born on March 22, 1924, in East Boston, Mass., to Oran and Elsie Banks (of a family of 10), she was the widow of the Rev. John Dame.
She is survived by son Chris Dame and his wife Connie Stubbs of Waltham, Mass., daughter Karen and son-in-law Hank Cheney of St. Johnsbury, Vt., son Calvin Dame of Port Jefferson, N.Y.; former daughter-in- law Barb Crowley of Manchester; daughter Johanne Dame of Portland; grandchildren, Cora Jeyadame (Suriya), Remle Dame (Jeff Newton), Calvin Cheney, Wes Cheney (Jennifer), Bradford Cheney (Rebecca Geller), Alyson Dame, Jan Damm, and Matt Dame-Brusie; as well as five great- grandchildren. She is also survived by two brothers; four sisters-in-law; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
A graduate of the Salvation Army Training College, she served as a S.A. officer in Portland and Scully Sq., Boston. She and her husband served as S.A. officers in Greenfield, Mass., and Ansonia, Conn., before becoming Methodist pastors. They served congregational and United Methodist churches in Webster, Dunbarton and West Swanzey, N.H., Madison, North Anson, and Old Orchard Beach, East Troy, Pa., Mecklenburg and Edwards, N.Y., Orwell, Vt., and GT Barrington, Mass. She also served as interim pastor for churches on Prince Edward Island and in the Augusta area. She was an active part of Green St. UMC in Augusta.
As mother, aunt, grandmother she was a source of knowledge, wisdom, fun, celebration and Chinese food. As one of the first women in ministry, she was known for her preaching and common sense. Her friends remember her love of - and need to win at UNO.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, at the First United Methodist Church of South Portland, 179 Ridgeland Ave., So. Portland, followed by a reception at Clark Memorial UMC, 15 Pleasant Ave., Portland. Memories, condolences, photos and videos may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at
Donations may be made
in her honor to:
Green St. UMC
Augusta, Maine
or Preachers's Aid Society
of New England
P.O. Box 3386
Plymouth, Massachusetts 02361

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Jan. 9, 2013
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