Shirley Mutch Bansen, 86, formerly of Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill, a teacher at Green Street Friends School for two decades, died Nov. 10 at Abington Hospital’s Lansdale Branch.
Mrs. Bansen taught lower grades at the school until her retirement in 1992. Earlier she had taught eighth-grade English at Germantown Friends School.
For the past five years, she and her husband, Richard, lived at Foulkeways, a retirement community in Gwynedd.
Born in Germantown, Mrs. Bansen was a graduate of Germantown Friends School and Mount Holyoke College.
During her lifetime, she had served on many committees of the Greene Street Friends Meeting and the Philadelphia Yearly Meting of Friends, and on the board of Stapeley in Germantown.
She was a devoted Gilbert and Sullivan fan, was active in amateur theater and sang in the Foulkeways Singers. She was an avid gardener.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Peter Bansen, of Truckee, Calif; daughters Cindy Bansen Travis, of Prescott, Ariz., and Sarah Bansen, of Watertown, Mass., and six grandchildren.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry St, Philadelphia, PA 19102.
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