LaVerne Dolly Banks
January 2, 1932 – November 6, 2020
LaVerne 'Dolly' Flemmings Banks was born on January 2, 1932 in Washington, DC to Gertrude Loretta Ashton Flemmings and Ford Hampton Flemmings, Sr.
She was educated at Bruce Monroe Elementary School, Benjamin Banneker Junior High School, Dunbar Senior High School, and the Margaret Washington School of Nursing. Early in life she developed heart problems which interrupted her primary schooling years, however, at the age of 50 Dolly returned to school determined to achieve her goal of receiving her general equivalency degree and successfully graduated at the top of her class from the Armstrong Adult Education Center.
Dolly continued her education by attending the University of the District of Columbia and Howard University in the area of psychology.
Her professional path began as a concession sales representative at the local movie theaters, and as a sales associate for Woolworths five and dime.
Dolly further developed her professional skills and applied those skills in the medical industry working for Dr. Kenneth Brown as an office assistant at the Children's Center and at the Senior Day Barney Program as a care-taker. Dolly also worked as a receptionist for her dear friend Kathryn Turner's business 'Standard Technology, Inc.', and retired from the Environmental Protection Administration where she was an office manager.
At age 21, LaVerne gave birth to Melitta Trudy Djate, her only child. Dolly fell in love and married James Edward Banks a few years later at the age of 24. Some of her favorite hobbies included poetry, dancing, ice skating and listening to music.
Dolly was extremely family centric and the matriarch that her family depended on. Early on she cared for her younger brother Ashton Ellsworth Flemmings during her pre-teen years. In her adult years she showered her grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews with love; no request was too big when they needed her.
Over the last 20 years Dolly attended The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses where she studied the bible attending Mt. Pleasant, Central and most recently Petworth Congregations.
Dolly passed away peacefully at her home the morning of November 6, 2020. She is survived by her loving daughter Melitta (Trudy) Djate and grandsons; Lamar Lee Kane, Sr., Juan M. Kane and Brelin Kane, granddaughter; Cicely T. Brown, siblings; Ford Hampton Flemmings, Jr. (deceased), Ashton Ellsworth Flemmings, Sr. (Virginia), Benjamin Flemmings (deceased), John Mason Banks and Paul Banks, great grandchildren; Lamar S. Lee Kane, Jr. (deceased), Sharif G. Brown, Amadi Lee Kane, Jamiah LaVerne Brown, Laikynn Chanel Kane, Ceven Lamar Kane, and a host of extended family members and friend whom she loved dearly.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
LaVerne Dolly Banks
November 22, 2020
Trudy, your Mother was a beautiful, kind, and generous person. I will never forget how she treated me like famiy the first time I met her. She was truly a jewel. I hope your wonderful memories of your mother will keep your family filled with love. My sincerest sympathy. Please know you are loved. May Jehovah remember your mother, and the 20 plus years she believed and worshipped Him.
Sister Brenda McCrae
November 19, 2020
Dear Trudy and Lamar,
Your dear mother and grandmother will be missed by so many. She was such a guiding light, always ready to share, always pointing out the truth with a smile and a way to laugh with her. You knew you could depend on her - her heart had room for all. I will really miss her.