Dorathy Lee Black


Dorathy Lee Stokes Black, 97, went home on May 14, 2019.
Dorathy's celebration of life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at First Baptist Church in Mineral Wells. A reception in the church immediately follows the service.
She was born September 6, 1921, in Wheeler County, Texas, and attended Groom High School, where she was valedictorian of class in 1939. She attended West Texas State College in Canyon, Texas, where she met Sanford Black in a science lab. Their first date was to a revival held by the First Baptist Church of Canyon. They married May 20, 1940, in Canyon. She and Sanford were married 67 years until his passing in July 2007.
During Sanford's service in World War II, she lived in Abilene, Texas. After the war, they moved to Davenport Iowa, while Sanford attended Palmer Chiropractic College. They were driving through Mineral Wells in 1947, stopped for lunch and fell in love with the town and the people. They never left.
They joined First Baptist Church immediately and the church became the cornerstone of their lives. Heavily involved, she was there "every time the doors were open," even to the point of cutting vacations short so she could maintain perfect attendance in Sunday School. She enjoyed the fellowship and the love that came with and from the church.
She stayed in Mineral Wells during Sanford's time of deployment to the Korean War. During that period, Dorathy worked for CI Small Construction Company. In 1962 went to work for Mineral Wells Savings and Loan, until her retirement in the late 1980s. Her favorite part was seeing regular customers every month.
Dorathy had a few hobbies. She loved cooking, but baking was her specialty. After her passing many people remembered her for a chocolate or a coconut pie or a German chocolate cake. Her recipes are prized possessions of friends and her family. She loved to sew, making clothes for children's dolls and then taking up quilting after retirement. She sewed a quilt for every family member, her extended family and friends. We all treasure them today.
Her main passion was Bible study. Daily she would read her Bible, proudly admitting she had read it over a dozen times, discovering new stories, meanings and inspirations every time she did. She was a true believer.
After the passing of Sanford, she made the decision to stay in Mineral Wells because it was home. She didn't want to leave the city she loved, the people of Mineral Wells and especially the people of First Baptist Church. In 2014 she moved into Mineral Wells Nursing and Rehabilitation. There she formed a new family of residents and the staff. She enjoyed visiting other residents, attending Sunday services, going to various activities and playing Bingo. She was visited almost every day by a friend or a member of the church or its staff. She was so thankful.
She is survived by her son, Tom Black and his wife, Christie; six grandchildren, Ryan Black (Dana), Kyle Black (Kari), Karly Parsley (Ryan), Tori Lucero (Ryan), Mackenzie Altenburg and Landon Altenburg. She has five great grandchildren, Rheannen Archuleta, Xander Black, Avery Black, Peyton Parsley and Madison Parsley. She is also survived by her siste,r Luella and brother, Gene.
In lieu of flowers the family would welcome donations to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 427, Mineral Wells, TX 76068. The website is
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Published on May 16, 2019
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Stacey Riley RN
May 20, 2019
I met Dorathy when she first moved to Mineral Wells Nursing and Rehab, she was such s sweet, caring soul. Always dressed, hair fixed, special lady. She always without fail, always stopped mid-stride and made sure I got a hug. I’m so very sorry for your loss, Tom and family, may she rest in the peace she so rightfully earned. She was a blessing to me, thank you for allowing me to help care for her.
Marilyn andSanford Gelman
May 18, 2019
Dorathy...what a love!! We will miss you so much. Love always,
Sandy and marilyn Gelman
Kristi Palmer
May 17, 2019
Tom and family...what a powerful legacy Dorathy left. As I read the summary of her life, these words came to mind. Loyal, loving, strong, dedicated, kind and a fierce follower of our precious savior. Dorathy lived her life well and she is now free!!!!!! May God Bless you. Love, Kristi