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In memory of Tommie Bankston

Created by Family Of Tommie Bankston

Tommie Bankston

Ranee is Tommie's nick name. She had a problem with several different drugs. Just 8 months before her death, the father of her children died of a drug overdose. They were always taking pills. On August 1st, 2008 she had been drinking wine with her so-called friends and crawled up on a motorcycle with this one guy. He was going very fast in a small neighborhood. He missed and cut too short. He went one way and crashed; she went airborne and hit a stop sign. The police thought she was going to be okay because she was talking. They flew her to Hermann Hospital. She died in surgery. The guy driving died 20 days later. During this time I was very upset with her because of the events that were happening. I had her daughter. And she sometimes would get very upset with me when she was high -- she would call me and yell and scream when she would get like this. I wouldn't let her see my grand-daughter because I didn't want to upset the little girl. She would always tell me she was getting it together and was getting clean.I was trying so hard to give her tough love. The day before she was killed she called me. She told me how well she was doing and how she was getting it together and wanted to see her daughter. I told her as soon as she gets back in school or gets a job and proves to me she is serious. Then she could see her. I told her she couldn't keep coming to see her for 5 minutes and then take off. She said mom, “I 'm not going to tell you anything this time, I am going to show you.” The very next night, my older daughter showed up at my door (drunk). Telling me her sister was dead. The way this has affected my life is: My older daughter is a drug addict/alcoholic. I fear for her life every day. She has lost custody of all four of her beautiful daughters. She has not had a stable home in 4 years now. She comes to me, tells me how she is quitting and before I can get her into detox, she's gone again. She goes from man to man – anyone who will buy her a beer. She says she doesn't do drugs anymore because it's not legal. Drinking is. Now, she stays drunk all the time. And I don't know how to help her. Her ex told me that she told him that she doesn't want any help. She gets so drunk that it is an embarrassment. I fear losing another daughter. She has no insurance, no job, no home…and wants no help. Please pray for her. Her name is Vanessa Bankston Elliott. And she just went back again to her alcoholic boyfriend, until he beats her up and throws her out again. So now she is back in Angleton Texas. Thank you, for reading my story. Patty Kidder Houston, Texas

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