Mildred (Dew) Banks (aka “Millie” and/or “Dut”) was born January 17, 1936, in Shuqualak, Mississippi, to the late Allen Dew and Battie (Scott) Dew.
Mildred had fourteen siblings:
Brothers: Clarence Dew – Chicago, IL; John Dew – Joliet, IL; Hamp Dew – Laurel, MS; Allen (Sonny Boy) Dew, Jr. – Carlyle, IL; King Alphonso Dew – East St. Louis, IL and Hollie Dew – Laurel, MS/Detroit, MI.
Sisters: Maggie (Dew) Johnson – Detroit, MI; Ida (Dew) Simmons – Bogalusa, LA; Louise (Dew) - Williams, NY; Hannah (Dew) Johnson (Bunch) – Chicago, IL; Frances (Dew) Williams – Chicago, IL; Vonzell (Dew) Poe – Chicago, IL; Bessie (Dew) Morris - Detroit, MI; and Battie (Dew) Penn - Chicago, IL. (All proceeded her in death)
Mildred moved with her mother from Vanduser, Missouri to Joliet, Illinois, where she attended Joliet Township High School and finished her senior year at Englewood Evening School in Chicago in 1967.
While in Detroit, Mildred met Walter Samuel Banks, (who preceded her in death and life-long friend) and they were united in marriage on October 1, 1955, and had one surviving child, Barbara Ann (Banks) Wilkins.
Mildred continued her education and training at:
Lewis Business College, Detroit, MI (1 Year)
Olive Harvey College, Chicago, IL (Engineering – 1 Semester)
Apollo College, Phoenix, AZ (Medical Billing and Coding – May 9, 2007 – Graduated: March 26, 2008)
Mildred gained several years of diversified work experience through corporate employment and professional careers with humble beginnings to become a multiple holder of State issued licenses and certifications as follows:
NUMEROUS CERTIFICATES/CERTIFICATIONS TO NAME A FEW:
Basic Surveying, Construction Management, Construction Plan Reading, 80-hour Hazardous Waste Worker Training, Hazardous Waste, STP-Foreman, Chicago Economic Development Corporation (Contractors Division’s Course on Construction Estimating and Management.)
Female-minority owner of Limbara Construction Company and Limbara Cleaning Service. Recipient of: State of Illinois Executive Department Proclamation, “Acknowledgement for companies owned by women and minorities.”
Nurse Aide Competency Training (Basic Nursing Assistant Training Program – 1993)
Illinois licensed REALTOR (Salesperson – 1994)
Illinois licensed Insurance Producer (Accident/Health, Life – 1998)
Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (Course 2006)
Arizona State Board of Pharmacy (Pharmacy Technician Trainer License – 2008)
CPR/AED Certification (National Safety Council via Apollo College – 2009)
Holder of Illinois Permanent Employee Registration: (20-Hour) training for: Detective Agency, Security Contractor Agency and Proprietary Security Force – 2011.
Graduate of the Matteson/Richton Park Police Departments (Citizens Police Academy 7-week Training 2015).
Certificate of Advanced Training (Tactical Situational Awareness 4-hours).
Shushinjo Judo Institute (1961)
Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc. (Alpha Lambda Chapter)
American Academy of Professional Coders
Mildred was the loving mother of Barbara A. Wilkins' (mother in law of her late husband, Chester A. Wilkins, III) and a mother figure to Michael (Fayette) Banks, Bridgette Banks, and Brenda Banks – siblings of Barbara. Cherished grandmother of Carl A. Wilkins, Sr., (Teera); Craig A. Wilkins; Britni A. Wilkins. Great Grandmother of Jade A. Wilkins, Jiselle J. Lucious, Carl A. Wilkins, Jr., Cassian A. Wilkins, Cayden A. Wilkins and Malena Clairdy.
Mildred attended and was a devoted member of Kings Community Church in South Holland, Illinois.
In her spare time, she enjoyed crocheting, knitting, gardening and painting ceramics. Mildred’s passions were family gatherings, playing Bid Whist, Tunk, Spades; Poker, occasionally going to Casinos.
Mildred was always open to taking advanced courses to further her career education and training and to further expand her overall knowledge and passions.
Most of all, Mildred enjoyed her family and family gatherings. Her big smile, strong personality and kind heart will be missed by all who knew her!
In keeping with her wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. A virtual Homegoing Celebration will take place on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, 7:30PM – 8:30 PM (CST).
For those who desire to celebrate how Mildred (Dew) Banks’ lived her life, the family welcomes all to participate and witness a Virtual Homegoing Celebration online.
Please log onto the following link 15 minutes prior to the start of the service. (The link to the virtual Homegoing Celebration will be posted here 24 hours prior to the event. Please check back for it.)
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mildred (Dew) Banks’ memory shall be provided by the donors choice of the following charities/organizations that she mostly cherished: Homeless Shelters, Disabled Veterans, Mental Health Service organizations, Cancer Prevention/Cures.
The family of Mildred (Dew) Banks greatly appreciate any contributions listed above. Thank you to all who sent gifts, cards, flowers, phone calls, visits, and all who assisted the family in preparation of Mildred (Dew) Banks' Homegoing Celebration!
Family and friends are encouraged to sign the online guest book and leave a condolence message at www.midwestmortuary.com Arrangements entrusted to Skyline Memorial Park, Monee, IL. Telephone (708) 534-8256 or (708) 478-3546, (24 Hours service), located at 10024 W. 191st Place, Mokena, IL 60448.
MILDRED (DEW) BANKS
Sunrise: January 17, 1936 Sunset: December 9, 2022
86 Years Old x 365 days = 31,390 days on earth – (Every day is an important Day to LIVE!!!)
TO MY FAMILY: “Accept my apology for anything I ever said or done to hurt you, I am truly sorry. Know that I deeply loved each and every one of you.”
Everlasting Love, Mildred (Dew) Banks “Dut”