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Ora Black

Friday, March 15, 2002

DEXTER - Ora Mae Black, 95, died March 14, 2002, at Missouri Southern Healthcare.

Born Nov. 29, 1906, near Essex, daughter of the late Edward Albert and Hettie Snider Triplett, she lived in Detroit, Mich., and St. Louis before moving to Essex in 1949 and was a professional seamstress and upholsterer. She attended the Ott School near Dexter and was a member of the Dexter Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

On July 3, 1925, in Detroit, she married Fred Smith who preceded her in death on April 7, 1934. She and Charles "Blackie" Black were married March 18, 1937, and he died on May 3, 1972.

Survivors include: two sons, Richard Black of St. Louis and Glen D. Black of Montreal, Canada; four daughters, Fern Kirby of Bloomfield, Marilynn Smith of Dexter, Ronnie Mae Black of St. Louis and Elizabeth Black Mitchell of Essex; one brother, Cecil Triplett of Dexter; and 12 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Also preceding her in death were one son, Charles L. Smith; one brother, Fred Triplett; one sister, Cora Wilkerson; and one grandson, Keith Smith.

Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Watkins and Sons Funeral Home, where services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday. Ed Mangus of Dexter will officiate.

Burial will follow in the Triplett Cemetery near Dexter.