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Mrs. Marva Louise Tools, of Danville, gained her heavenly wings on Monday, May 8, 2017. This ended her valiant fight against Alzheimer's Disease. Marva Louise was born on June 9, 1937, in Danville, to Edward "Bumble" and Margaret Helen (Murray) Beasley. She graduated from Danville High School and started a long and productive life in her home town. She was a faithful sister to six siblings: three brothers, Kenneth Beasley, Herschel Beasley and Anthony Beasley and three sisters, Norma Jean Butts of Champaign-Urbana, Yvonne Brown of Compton, Calif. and Carol Ann Williams of Indianapolis.
Marva Louise was a celebrated wife, mother and grandmother. She was first married to John Bankhead until his death in 1972. She then married Charles R. Tools on Jan. 14, 1978 and they were married until his passing in 2004. She was the mother to three children, Marva Jean (Joe) Butler, Vickie Jo Smalls and Rickie Allen Bankhead, all of Danville. Marva had eight grandchildren, Katris Hawkins, Katasha Butler, Denieshia Bankhead, Ieshia Bankhead, Rykeshia Bankhead and Queshia Bankhead, all of Indianapolis, Lejas Butler of Danville and Victor Smalls of Phoenix, Ariz. She was also a doting great-grandmother to Armani Butler, Anija Butler, Jalaya Clark and Peyton Jaselle Butler. She had a host of cousins, nieces and nephews and enjoyed a special relationship with the Williams children. She leaves behind to cherish her memory two special friends, Louise Cunningham and Essie Syass.
Marva Louise was caring and considerate to all that she met. She retired from General Electric/Valmont after many years of service. She accepted Christ in her life at the young age of 11 and was a faithful, lifelong member of the family church, Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church. She was a member of the Willing Workers and President of the First Aid Nurses Society. She could always be counted on to place in the annual "Pack the Pew" tradition. She was known for her beautiful collection of hats and always had a smile and a laugh for those that she encountered. Marva Louise enjoyed planting flowers, working in her yard and baking. Loved ones could always count on a special package of homemade fudge, divinity and more around the holidays. She was relied on as the family historian. She kept very detailed notes of life events and kept every newspaper clipping, program or award for all of her children and grandchildren. Marva Louise was recently featured in the Alzheimer's Association magazine detailing her battle with the illness. She was distinguished as a woman who always operated with integrity, decency and order. Even up until her death, she maintained her calm demeanor and sweet spirit.
She valued her family most of all and bestowed upon them unwavering commitment. She leaves behind all of her children and grandchildren; son-in-law, Joe; all three sisters; step-children: Michael Thomas of Memphis, Tenn., Renea Tools of Chicago and Cynthia (Larry) Coffey, Helen (Michael) Moore, Shirley Tools and Elizabeth Walker, all of Danville; and a host of extended family and friends. Marva Louise was preceded in death by her husbands; her parents; all three brothers; daughter-in-law, Shawn Denise Bankhead; great-grandson, Armani; three step-children; and special friends, Ruthie Jones and Ruth Finch.
A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, May 17, at Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (609 N. Bowman Avenue) in Danville. Visitation will start at 11 a.m. until the start of the service at 12 noon. Her pastor, Rev. U. Pete Williams, will be officiating. Interment will be at Spring Hill Cemetery.
Reflections of Marva's life from loved ones can be shared online at www.leekandsonsfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 14, 2017
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