Life Reflection Of
Deaconess Deborah Renee Banks-Anderson
Deborah Renee Banks was born in St. Louis, Missouri February 5, 1955 to Delores J. Banks. In that same year she was brought to Kansas City on her first of many train rides by her Uncle William Banks.
Debbie was preceded in death by her mother, Delores J. Banks; her grandparents, William Eugene and Donetta Banks, Sr. who loved and cared for her as their own child while her mother completed Nursing School; and her brother, Dennis Banks.
She attended Kansas City Kansas Public School System and graduated a Bulldog from Wyandotte High School in 1973. Growing up, she was a member of King Solomon where she accepted God as her Lord and Savior. In her adult life she became a member of Evangelistic Center Church of God In Christ, under the then Pastor Willie “Dad” Vaughn. As life happens to us all in one way or another, she became a lost sheep from the flock of our Lord. But by God, she found her way back home and became a member of Ebenezer Church of God in Christ under Pastor George Kemper. She later re-joined Evangelistic Center and was a faithful member and was a member of the Usher Board until her passing. In 1980, she worked for the State of Kansas and later the University of Kansas Hospital in various departments until her health forced her to retire in 2000.
Deborah was very proud of her children and her grandson! Through life’s ups and downs and while holding onto God’s unchanging hand they have seen and endured a lot. She was happy and blessed to see her daughter travel to Romania on a medical mission trip, earn her Practical and Professional Nursing Degrees, and marry the love of her life all while raising her son, KJ. Debbie loved talking about her son joining the Army to serve his country, all the while traveling seeing parts of the world she only dreamed about, and later earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Logistics! Her one and only, her Butter-Man has ALWAYS been a positive reinforcement of God’s Loving grace in her life! He brought her joy by cutting her food up before she ate during EVERY hospital stay, to seeing him being in the Gifted/Challenge program at the age of 10, to exceling in wrestling, acting, and debate. Her heart was full of pride when he earned high school credit at the age of 12! She was a FIRM believer in what happened at Grandma’s house STAYED at Grandma’s house! They will forever share the love of the color green (slightly different shades), bacon, and warm biscuits with butter!
Deborah was very active in Girl Scouts in which she was a co-leader. Through this organization she enjoyed the warm feeling she received from mentoring to so many girls in Wyandotte County! Many of which she called her daughters and who ALL lovingly call her, to this very day, their Momma D!
In 2004, she was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis, a terminal disease that has no cure and is only managed by controlling the symptoms. Over the past 14 years, Debbie has fought LONG and HARD! She’s one of the few people on this earth that has inspired any and everyone around her simply because of her UNSHAKABLE faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
Deborah’s life will be forever cherished by her daughter, Verné Coby (Rodrick) (of the home in) Raytown, MO; son, Dwight E. Anderson of KCKS; her one and only grandchild, Kevin M. Collins, II whose affectionately known as her “Butter” of Raytown, MO; Great Aunt Dot of KCMO; Uncle William Banks of KCMO; Great Aunt Sylvia Harris (Herbert) of KCKS; Aunt Gail Hyde of St Louis, MO; Aunt Laurette Banks, KCMO; brother Darrell Banks (Patricia) of Lenexa, KS; sister, Marian Hardin, KCMO; Nephew, Darrell Banks, Jr. of Suitland, MD; nephew, Andrew Banks and nieces, Michelle and Allison Banks, all of Lenexa, KS; a host of loving and wonderful cousins, friends, and adoptive children.
We are so BLESSED for her loving and praying for us all!