Michelle D. Banks, 43, office worker and poet

February 13, 2006

Michelle D. Banks, an office worker who enjoyed writing poetry, died of complications from kidney disease Tuesday at her mother's home in Northeast Baltimore. She was 43.

She was born Michelle D. Travers in Baltimore and raised in Cedonia. She was a 1980 graduate of Lake Clifton High School and attended Baltimore City Community College.

The longtime Northeast Baltimore resident had worked for the Social Security Administration in downtown Baltimore before taking a job with Development Training Institute on St. Paul Street about a decade ago.

"She enjoyed writing poetry and going to the movies. She also loved being with children," said a sister, Carolyn B. Brown of Baltimore.

Mrs. Banks was a member of Christ United Methodist Church.

Her 1984 marriage to Shawn Banks ended in divorce.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Estep Brothers Funeral Home, 1300 Eutaw Place.

Also surviving are a daughter, Latia S. Adams of Severn; her mother and stepfather, Dorothy and Joseph M. Kyler of Baltimore; 10 brothers, Earl L. Travers Jr. of Chase, Reginald W. Travers Sr., Carroll Travers, Lamont Antoine Kyler and Walter Kyler, all of Baltimore, Larry A. Travers Sr. of Severn, Phillip C. Travers of Perry Point, Edward Kyler and Daryl Martin, both of Essex, and Ricky Kyler of Owings Mills; and two other sisters, Natalie R. Travers and Darlene Kyler, both of Baltimore.

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