Dr. Deborah Banker died at her Malibu home on May 18 from breast cancer. She was 55.

Banker was born in St. Michaels Hospital in Grand Forks, N.D. on April 14, 1952. Her childhood was spent in Mohall, N.D., and she graduated from Mohall High School.

She received her pre-medical training at the University of Colorado, and her medical degree from the University of North Dakota. Banker practiced medicine in both Colorado and California. She has had her own practice in Malibu for the past 10 years.

Banker specialized in ophthalmology. Not content with the teachings at medical school, she explored traditional Chinese medicine in her search for cures to blindness. As a result, she was successful in reversing blindness in patients who had exhausted all other options. She wrote a book on self-help eye care.

Banker is survived by her son, Troy Dailey; parents John and Betty Banker; and former husband, Will Dailey. She was preceded in death by her four grandparents; brother, Mark Hubbard Banker, and sister, Susan Banker Cross.

Banker was cremated, and her ashes were scattered near Point Dume. A memorial service will take place on June 10 at 2 p.m. in Serra Retreat at 3401 Serra Rd. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that gifts be given to a charity or hospice of one's choice.