Obituary: Tina Lee Banwart

Submitted by Cheney Witt Funeral Home

Tina Lee Banwart, age 31, of Fort Scott, Kan., went Home on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, surrounded by family and friends. She lost her battle of cancer to win the victory into eternal life with her Savior Jesus Christ.

She was born at home on March 29, 1986, in Gridley, Ill., in the very house where her great grandfather was born in 1906. She married Tyler Banwart on August 8, 2004.

Survivors include her husband, Tyler; three daughters Talya, Nadia and Cecelia Banwart; her parents Roger and Darleta (Marti) Gramm (Lexington, Ill.); two sisters Tara Wettstein (Gridley, Ill.), and Traci Wettstein (Chicago, Ill.); her special brother Tyler (Morton, Ill.); three nephews Ben, Miles and Chance Wettstein (Gridley, Ill.); one niece Katja Wettstein (Chicago, Ill.); grandparents Delores Marti, and Ron and Ann Daughterty, all of Gridley, Ill. Tina would also want to include, as her family, all her precious Banwart relatives who so lovingly embraced her.

Tina gave her heart to Jesus on August 9, 1998, and began a lifetime of selfless service in God’s kingdom. She graduated her home school education in 2003 and commenced her nursing degree; first at Heartland Community College in Normal, Ill., and completing the degree in Kansas. She served as a nurse at Fort Scott Mercy Hospital until the birth of their first child in 2008. Tina continued to serve in volunteer positions at Fort Scott Christian Heights, local cooking classes, and many Bible studies. More recently she worked part time at the family HairBow Center business. Everywhere she considered opportunities to shine the light of Christ. But her greatest joy was loving her little girls and watching them grow into the amazing image of her own gorgeous spirit.

Tina’s passion was the Word of God. She read, studied and memorized much scripture to inspire and share to others its Truth. Her radiant smile and gentle spirit touched countless individuals; where only now in heaven she is realizing its full impact.

She will be greatly missed, but Tina’s desire would be for all to take the torch of Jesus and shine on until we are all reunited in Heaven forever.

Well done thou good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of thy Lord. Matthew 25:23

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, November 11, at the Community Christian Church, 1919 Horton, Fort Scott. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 Friday evening at the church. Memorials are suggested to Fort Scott Christian Heights and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, P.O. Box 347, 201 S. Main, Fort Scott, Kansas 66701. Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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