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Dorothy Jean Matchura Black - Obituary

April 27, 2015

Dorothy 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.

She and 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 1946.

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