Dorothy Banks

December 23, 1927 ~ August 20, 2020 (age 92)

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Life Reflections


Dorothy Edith Banks was born on December 23, 1927 to the parents of Robert and Estell Johnson in Baltimore, Maryland.


Growing up, Dorothy was a vibrant and strong young lady.  Dorothy attended Baltimore City Public Schools and graduated.  She later met Nathan Lee Banks and the two were united through marriage and lived happily, shortly after.  From this beautiful union eleven children were born, six girls and five boys.


As a young woman, she became a devoted baptized Jehovah’s Witness, until her passing.


Dorothy held several occupations including:  Taxicab driver, social worker, and a dispatcher with the Baltimore City Police Department.  However, she later found her passion in the Baltimore City School System and worked as a Crossing Guard for almost 50 years.


Through Dorothy’s life she grew a love for art, gardening, music, along with journaling. Dorothy received many awards from the City for having Baltimore’s Best Garden.  Dorothy created neighborhood parks and gardens for her community.  Dorothy Edith Banks lived a full life.


With all her many hobbies, Dorothy grew a greater love for her many grandchildren, extended family, in addition to the neighborhood kids.  She was affectionately known through the community as, “Grandma Banks.”



On August 20, 2020, Dorothy E. Banks passed suddenly and leaves to mourn: three sons, Nathan Jr., Robert and Shawn Banks; two daughters, Dorothy E. Banks Jr. and Paula Dorsey; six other children whom preceded her in death, Tracey, Laverne, Natalie, Lisa, Michael and David Banks; two sisters, Theresa Brown and Barbara Rich; two brothers-in-law, Eddie Rich and Marvin Garrett; seven siblings preceded in death, Virgie, Elizabeth, Louise, Blanche, Joseph, Francis and Sammy.  A host of grandchildren, other relatives, and devoted friends.


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August 26, 2020

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Gary P. March Funeral Home P.A.
270 Fredhilton Pass
Baltimore, MD 21229

Funeral Service
August 27, 2020

12:00 PM
Gary P. March Funeral Home P.A.
270 Fredhilton Pass
Baltimore, MD 21229

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