Carolyn K Bankston

June 6, 1955November 14, 2021

Carolyn Kay (Dieterman) Bankston

Carolyn (66) was the second oldest of six children, two sisters and three brothers, born to Donald and Anna May (DeKraker) Dieterman. She was raised in a small, farming community in northern Michigan. She tried to visit as often as her health allowed, since her entire family remained in that area. Carolyn was born with a childhood lung disease that prevented her from living with her family on the farm. Instead she lived with her grandmother, Mary DeKraker, and her uncle, Charles DeKraker, who lived nearby, but away from the farm. Carolyn moved west in 1981. She came with plans to settle near Phoenix after a short vacation in Las Vegas. She enjoyed this 24-hour city so much that she ended up staying. Carolyn was Keno manager at the California Club for many years, and enjoyed her customers and coworkers very much over the years. She and her husband, Jerry Bankston, enjoyed 13 years of marriage. He preceded her in death on November 11, 2008. Carolyn enjoyed traveling and seeing new places, but her favorite times were the quiet ones at home spent reading, doing crafts such as crochet and needlepoint or watching movies.

Carolyn is survived by two sisters, Lois (Joel) Jenema, Joan (Steve) Elenbaas, one brother, Dale (Barb) Dieterman, and many nieces and nephews. Her parents and brothers, Carl and Terry (Sandi Sieting) Dieterman preceded her in death


  • Visitation

    Monday, November 22, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Monday, November 22, 2021


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Janis Diamond

November 23, 2021

Aloha I would like to introduce myself my name is Janis Diamond. Me and my husband Edward Keoho Sr. Came to know Carolyn when we've visited the Keno at the CAL. She was always so ever friendly, pleasant. We got to know her and enjoyed her when we were in town. She loved the Diamond Head Graham Crackers from Hawai'i. We've always made a point to bring her favorite flavors. She will be missed dearly. My deepest Condolences to you all. A Hui Hou, Malama Pono until we meet again.

Rene LaMadrid Ahu

November 22, 2021

My husband and I met Carolyn over 20 years ago...yes at the California Hotel Keno Room. It has always been a wonderful place to see familiar faces at least once a year from near and far. Carolyn was the biggest part keeping us all together she always remembered our names like family.

When we heard that she was going to retire, we needed to be there to wish her a fond Aloha. The picture attached is our last. Both my husband and I have fortunately a few pictures from various tournaments - but this picture shows it all. The love she gave to everyone was one on one.

We have all seen many wonderful people that have passed over the years....we only have known them for a brief moment during 5 day trip to the California Hotel once or twice a year...but they have all given us fond memories of fun...camaraderie ....feeling of family and a whole lotta love.

Her gentile nature just had a way of making us all happy. As one gentleman who lived in Las Vegas and has passed use to affectionately call her - ( Hipolito)... "Carolina you have given and you have in turn been loved by many....we miss you...but you forever will live in our hearts....

Our Love and Aloha to you Ohana
Eric and Rene Ahu from Hawaii