Died: Thu., Sep. 24, 2020


Thu., Oct. 08, 2020
Location: New Crown Cemetery

Celebration of Life

12:00 PM Thu., Oct. 08, 2020
Location: Stuart Mortuary Chapel

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It is with incredible sadness and broken heartedness that we announce the passing of our Dear Mother Jacqueline (Jackie) Arline Banks on September 24, 2020.  We are comforted that she is present with God.


On March 30, 1937, Jackie was the first child born to the late Velma Marie and Lemuel McMurren, Sr. in Norfolk, Virginia.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Lemuel McMurren, Jr.


She accepted Christ at a young age.  She attended John T. West grade school and graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in Norfolk, VA.  She was a longtime resident of Indianapolis, Indiana.


Employed for over 30 years at Veterans Administration Hospital where she served in many positions, including as a phlebotomist and histology technician, our Mother was recognized as a superior employee.   For many years, she worked a second job at Methodist Hospital so that her children had everything that they needed to thrive.  She was a longtime and one of the early members of Little Bethel Baptist Missionary Church where she served on the Senior Usher Board and Matrons.  She was also a member of the Daughters of Isis.


Mama devoted her life to and her greatest legacy are her children.  She strongly believed that education is the key to success and she role modelled and instilled in her children the joyful passion of serving others. She was a vociferous advocate for her children and fixture at their schools and present at all their activities when they were growing up nurturing them to always excel to the best of their ability. 


She dearly loved and was so proud of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.  God blessed her great grandchild Kern IV to be born on her birthday:  March 30, 2019, and Mama was present for his birth.  She was full of great joy and happiness when the family gathered together in Dallas, Texas on September 14, 2019 for the wedding of her grandson Carlos II to Adia.


She visited California every year to spend quality time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, who fondly called her Grandma.   She was a kind, wise and compassionate woman who had a special way of “telling it like it is” and a wonderful sense of humor.  When the family got together, there was infectious laughter and pure joy.  Mama was all about love. She encouraged many of her family members to accept Christ. 


Mama was a virtuous woman who role modeled and instilled a strong work ethic in her three children.  She taught her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren that with hard work they could achieve anything they set their sights on.  She was a Mentor to many young people at her church and known as Mama to many members of the National Bar Association.  She was an incredible Mentor, Confidant, Counselor and Friend to hundreds of young people and adults.  The Jacqueline A. Banks Memorial Scholarship will help students attain their educational goals.


She was a brilliant woman who closely followed all the current issues of the day.  If politicians and world leaders listened to our Mother, this World would be a much better place. Her children stated: “Our Mother was a renaissance woman who spoke insightfully regarding any current event or issue.  Before she passed, she recently shared: “Why does the color of our skin bother you?” responding to the issue of racism in our nation.  “But her greatest legacy are her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.”


Our Mother was a leader in her Senior living community where she got “into good trouble” advocating for lobby television rights and helping many of her fellow residents obtain social services.  She continued to grow and evolve in each decade of her life, and during her season at Crestwood Village, she built strong friendships with many neighbors that she referred to as family. 


She was deeply loved by her extended family and friends, and is singing with the angels now.


Mama leaves to cherish her memory and carry on her legacy three devoted Children: Vanita Maria Banks, Hawthorn Woods, IL; Avis Lenora Rash (Kern Henry Rash II), Yucaipa, CA, and Carlos Edwin Banks (Jamyce Curtis), Indianapolis, IN.  Grandchildren:  Karma Arlene Duffy (Marques); Kern H. Rash, III (Dina); Carlos Edwin Banks II (Adia); and Curtis Lemuel Banks. Great Grandchildren: Jonah Duffy, Cyrus Duffy, Genesis Lenora Duffy, and Kern H. Rash, IV.  Cousin:  Yvonne Harris (Fred) and a host of cousins, relatives and friends.


In lieu of flowers, please forward contributions payable to:

Jacqueline A. Banks Memorial Scholarship

c/o:  Brenda Delaney, Controller

Central Indiana Community Foundation

615 N. Alabama Street, Suite 300

Indianapolis, IN  46204



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Erika Reeves
   Posted Wed September 30, 2020
To The Family Of Sister Jackie Banks, You Are In My Thoughts And Prayers In The Passing Of Your Mother And Grandmother! When Grief Comes Around Remember To Read The Word Of God For Comfort And Strength.

Tere Cooley
   Posted Tue October 06, 2020
My deepest condolences to the family of Mrs.Banks. She was an incredible woman with a beautiful spirit. My prayer is that the Lord would give you all strength during this time and wrap you close in His arms. Praying for the family!

Portia Mcmurren
   Posted Fri October 09, 2020
' He Heals the Brokenhearted and
Binds up their wounds"
Psalm 147:3
Mrs Lemuel McMurren & Family

Anna Broshears
   Posted Fri October 09, 2020
I loved her. She got me through a lot of hard times in life. Taught me how to live to be a better person. I am truly grateful for all the wisdom she passed on to me. Having lost my Mother and sister last year, I know your pain. Love to you all.
God Bless,
Anna Broshears

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