Sharon D. Banks (Twin2), 56 of Cambridge departed peacefully from this world at her home on Thursday, August 31, 2017 after having lost a tough and courageous battle with Stage 4 lung cancer.
Sharon was born on May 29, 1961 in Cambridge, Maryland to Leroy and Madeline Banks. She graduated from Cambridge South Dorchester High School in 1979. After graduating high school, Sharon began working her only full time job for a total of 36 years at Airpax Corp. as a shipping clerk and eventually transferred over to Egide (formerly Airpax 2). At which time she retired due to complications with her health. In addition, she carried 2 part time jobs working on the assembly line at Black & Decker and as a personal care giver to her clients.
Sharon was gifted in numerous talents and enjoyed several hobbies. In her young adulthood, while staying true to her competitive nature she enjoyed playing on a women’s bowling team. In her spare time she loved gardening, cooking, art, yard sales, thrift store shopping, and refinishing antique furniture. After retirement she assisted in the family’s real estate rental company as a handy-woman and property manager.
Sharon is survived by her father, Leroy Banks, Cambridge; Son, Leroy (Kesha) Woolford, Baltimore; siblings, Karen Mathis (Twin1) Cambridge, Randall Banks (Joyce), Cambridge, and sister-in-law Rose Banks, Cambridge; her 2 loving grandchildren Camden and Casen Woolford, Baltimore; surrogate granddaughter Tejah Stanley, Atlanta and second mother to 2 nephews Troy Mathis, Hampton and Shawn Warner, Salisbury. In addition, a host of aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. Special friends Cookie Davis, Secretary, and Larry Roberts, Cambridge.
She is preceded in death by mother Madeline (Smith) Banks, Cambridge; 3 brothers, Darnell Banks, Hilton Banks, and Alton Banks (all of Cambridge); and sister Vanessa (Warner), Cambridge.
Sharon would like you to know that her work here is complete. She received a call, a proposal she could not refuse, an assignment from which she will not be returning to this place once called home. This assignment comes with a massive sign-on bonus, a reunion with family and friends she has not seen in quite some time. Job security is exactly 110 percent. This calling takes her to a breathtaking new home where she will once again cook, garden and create art to her heart’s content. But most of all, listen afar to the laughter of her grandchildren.
Cancer does not care who it hurts or takes from us. It invites itself into your life and starts to breakdown the threads that hold you and your loved ones together while leaving you to witness the fragments of your life slipping away and dreams fade.
We want to let her know that she did an exceptional job. We will remember her smile, her warmth, her energy and her love for life. She worked very hard all her life, up until the very end. Sharon was gracious and kind, frequently thinking of others and putting their needs first. On any given day a loving smile was always displayed. She always said “you don’t know what you don’t know.”
For the last six months of her life, Sharon received loving care and compassion from the members of Coastal Hospice care team.
With her gold dancing shoes on her first stop as she entered the pearly gates, a place to dance and rejoicing.
Thank you to all our family, friends and loved ones for joining us in celebrating Sharon’s home going celebration.