Martha Black

Martha Black

1916 - 2003

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She is survived by 2 sons: Keith (Lynn) Black of Cedar Rapids, IA and John (Patricia) Black of Monticello, IA; 4 grandchildren: Craig (Amy) Black and Bonnie Black, Maria and Carlos Black; 2 great grandchildren: Alex and Emily Black. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen, and a sister, Charlotte Black. Martha was born April 21, 1916, in Ottumwa, IA the daughter of Carl and Jeanette (Williams) Spry. She graduated from Ottumwa High School, Class of 1934. Martha was an accomplished swimmer and enjoyed being a lifeguard at the Ottumwa Municipal Pool. She continued her education at the Ottumwa Business College, eventually working as a secretary at Rockwell Computer Division for many years. Martha was the great-granddaughter of Richard Warden, founder of the Ottumwa Courier, and the granddaughter of Dr. A.O. Williams, a prominent Ottumwa physician. She was married to Glen Black for 25 years. She is survived by 2 sons: Keith (Lynn) Black of Cedar Rapids, IA and John (Patricia) Black of Monticello, IA; 4 grandchildren: Craig (Amy) Black and Bonnie Black, Maria and Carlos Black; 2 great grandchildren: Alex and Emily Black. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen, and a sister, Charlotte Black. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the American Heart Association, the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation or the donor's choice.