Esther Mae Black


Esther Mae Black, 88, of Bellefontaine, passed away peacefully at 3 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Logan Acres Care Center. She was born in Bellefontaine on March 9, 1926, to the late Charles and Mabel Easton Allison.

On Nov. 28, 1946, she married Robert Black and he preceded her in death in December 1998. She was preceded in death by infant children, Lynn and Donald; a sister, Bertha Curl; and a brother, Roger Allison.

Esther is survived by her son, Dennis (Ann) Allison; two grandchildren, Jason (Kim) Allison and Hope (Dwight) Whipp; four great-grandchildren, Samuel Allison, Hannah Whipp, Kacey Whipp and Leighanne Marcum; a great-great-grandson, Lincoln Widmeyer; two sisters, Florence Strickland and Doris (Larry) Neff; two brothers, Russell (Maxine) Allison and Melvin (Evelyn) Allison; a sister-in-law, Barbara Allison; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Esther worked in many different fields throughout her life, including her work as a grocery sales clerk. Her interests included playing the organ, oil painting, sewing and flower gardening.

Pastor Kym James officiates a funeral at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, at the Daring & Sanford Funeral Home, DeGraff, where visitation is two hours prior. Burial is in Greenwood-Union Cemetery, DeGraff.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 5555 Frantz Road, Dublin OH 43017.

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