Donna Banks

Donna Marie Banks

Aug 20, 1950 - Jul 28, 2019
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Donna Marie Banks, 68, was called home on Sunday, July 28th, 2019, with her family near. She was released from sickness and pain on this earth for a place promised in Heaven. Donna lived as entrusted by God, in her later years just to sit at her Father's feet, and to hear Him say, "well done, my good and faithful servant".

Donna was born to Essie and Robert Banks in Gulfport, MS. She traveled back and forth to Toledo, OH. She was the oldest born to the union of Robert and Lou Essie, but had an older sister, Darthea, that she loved very much.She grew up in a large and loving family environment. The second mother that would do anything to protect her brothers and sisters.

Donna's life led her through many trials and tests that later led her to ministry.

She gave birth to two sons, Malik and Jami. Her whole life was dedicated to being a mother like what she had, showing them unconditional love. She also raised her nephew, Dro, as if he were her own, and they remained best friends. He has been loyal and caring as if she had given birth to him herself, always smiling and finding a way to help her out.

Donna had compassion and love for people that led her t service in and out of church. She was raised and baptized, as a child, at Greater St. Mary Baptist Church. There, she was on the Usher Board, Nurse, Guild, Outreach Ministry, Assistant Youth Choir, and in several plays. Later, as an adult, she was baptized at New Life C.O.G.I.C. She performed the same services there. She was a former member of St. Stephen C.O.G.I.C. and Abundant Life Ministries. Donna loved Prison Ministry. She accompanied pastors at Stryker and stocked a Prison Ministry Bus for families to visit their loved ones.

Donna loved to write and published her testimony in "I Just Can't Tell it All". She wrote five books of poetry and performed them in many places. She was a member of the New World Writers Series, performing at the University of Toledo, Murphy's, Toledo Art Museum, Bijou, and the Seagate Center.

She started several businesses, including Sweet Records, Child and Adult Care Services, designed t-shirts, and loved to bake and cook.

Donna was a graduate of Business Administration from the "University of Toledo. She was a trustee of the Inner City Youth Movement. She worked for the City of Toledo, Port Lawrence Title Co., Fifth Third Bank, Quick Cash Loans, Burlington Air Freight (California and Ohio), and Fairchild Camera (Georgia). She also lived in California for 12 years.

Preceding Donna in death is her mother, Lou Essie Banks; father, Robert Banks; Brothers, Leon and Ronald Banks; and sisters, Yvonne (Scidah) Diab and Linda (Banks) Malone; many aunts, uncles and cousins from Chicago, Missisippi, Nashville, and numerous family in Atlanta, GA., Columbus, OH and most states.

Surving are her sons, Jami (Tyeisha) and Malik (Lakier) Banks; brothers, Dennis and Douglas Banks; sisters, Darthea Tookes (Oliver) of Chicago, IL., Patricia, Darlene, Linda, and half-sister, Denise; grandchildren, Malik Banks, Jr.and Jamiah Banks; special friends, Darlene Banks in San Jose, CA. and Christa Alexander of Phoenix, AZ.; anda host of family and many friends.
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  • Visitation

    August 1, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    August 1, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    The House of Day Funeral Services Chapel
    2550 Nebraska Avenue
    Toledo, Ohio 43607
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  • Second Visitation

    August 2, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    August 2, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Greater St. Mary's Baptist Church
    416 Belmont Street
    Toledo, ohio 43604
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  • Service

    August 2, 2019 | 11:00am
    August 2, 2019 11:00am
    Greater St. Mary's Baptist Church
    416 Belmont Street
    Toledo, ohio 43604
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Pastor Lyons
  • Interment

    August 2, 2019 | 12:30pm
    August 2, 2019 12:30pm
    Historic Woodlawn Cemetery
    Address Not Available


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