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Ethelyn R. (Lyn) Childress Bankes

Profile Updated: August 12, 2009
Ethelyn R.  (Lyn) Childress
Residing In:
Livonia, MI USA
Spouse/Partner - wedding date:
John Bankes, married April 28, 1962
2 sons I cannot believe I have two sons so old. It won't be long before they can stay in our 55 and More…older community.
Current Occupation:
Yes! Attending Reunion

5 perfect grandchildren
My Granddaughter is at Grand Valley State University. One of my grandsons is a senior at Walled Lake Northern and a freshman at Oakland Community college.
The other three grandchildren go to Pinckney schools.

About My Career:

I was a politician for over 25 years. as a Wayne County Charter Commissioner we wrote the only county charter in the state. i was the treasurer and we returned 10% of our budget to the state. Gov. Milliken said that it was the only time a government body returned money.
then i went to the legislature in 1985. the capitol wasn't designed for female legislators. we shared a broom closet for a bathroom. i sponsored and got passed the welfare reform budget bill. also passed legislations that says don't do business with anyone who won't give you an address. Sponsored the Child Care Challenge when this was a concern for working moms. i finished my career as a Wayne County Commissioner, the only Republican. You can only imagine that experience. When i ran for Mayor of Livonia and lost, i packed it in and retired. it was time to move on.
Now I care for family members who require my assistance.
I will be inducted in the Livonia Hall of Fame in October.
Many classmates helped my with my campaigns.

Redford Memories:

Catherine Dritsas and I were remembering Linda STultz's campaign for secretary. I still remember the song Catherine wrote. She is no longer Cathy. She is a very good attorney.
Penny Albert and Carol Long and I sang together for many years. We are still close.
I am very grateful to hear from so many old friends. i couldn't believe i heard from Sandra Browning. I have tried to find her over the years but i didn't know her married name.

Education after Redford:

attended Schoolcraft College. Have an honorary degree from Schoolcraft Community College in Livonia.
after many years i graduated from Madonna College now a university with a social science degree.


we own a home in The Villages


I was in Paris on 9-11. i'll never forget that trip.

Do you spend part of the year at another address?

We winter in The Villages Florida and I'm wondering if anyone else lives here? I have heard about two grads.

What grade school did you go to?

Went to Thomas Houghton Grade School and I am still friends with many of my classmates. Carol Long Burman and Penny Albert Wilkie and I are planning a Thomas Houghton reunion at my home on Friday night. Is anyone interested? i live only a couple of miles from Embassy Suites.

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Sep 14, 2016 at 12:10 PM

I had no idea that so much was happening at this website. First of all, I have so many email addresses I couldn't log in because I didn't remember which one I used on this profile. We can't travel. My husband has memory problems. But we still go to the Villages, Fl for the winter. We go places he remembers. It's not sad. At least he's still alive. I want to thank everyone who has contacted me. I didn't know till today. Forgive me.

Aug 10, 2016 at 12:02 PM

happy birthday Lyn

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