Jean Matchura Black, longtime resident of Hendersonville,
North Carolina, passed away peacefully at the Elizabeth
House Hospice on April 27, 2015, in Hendersonville.
Dorothy was a native of West Virginia spending most of her
school years in Richwood and in Alderson. She attended
Alderson High School and West Virginia Tech. At a young age,
Dorothy taught school in the Appalachian Mountains.
her husband, Robert ( Bobby ) Black were married in the Old
Baptist Church in Alderson in 1949. They lived in Charleston
, West Virginia, Newport News Virginia, Raleigh, North
Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia and Novato, California before
retiring to Hendersonville, North Carolina, in 1988.
Dorothy worked as a teacher in Atlanta and as a medical
transcriptionist at Kaiser Hospital in Terra Linda,
California. She was a talented artist and seamstress.
With her delightful personality, beauty and homemaking
skills, she won the title of Mrs. North Carolina in 1954
and represented that state in the Mrs. America Pageant
as a finalist.
Dorothy is survived by her husband of 65 years, Robert
(Bob) Black, two daughters, Betsy Black Arnold (Jim) of
Midland, Georgia, and Carrie Black of Rohnert Park,
California; a son, Robb Black of Hendersonville, North
Carolina; five Grandchildren, Matthew Hopper, Daniel
Hopper, Jason Decker, Brett Decker and Tara Decker and
three Great Grandchildren, Austin Hopper, Justin Hopper
and Jordan Decker.
She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and
great-grandmother; a kind and gentle spirit adored by
all her knew her.
The family held a Celebration of Life . We find comfort
in knowing she is safe in the arms of our Savior and
that we will see her again. She will be interred in her
hometown of Alderson, West Virginia at a later date.
Dorothy was a graduate of Alderson High School, Class of
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