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Mary Black
May 31, 1940 - June 09, 2018

Mary (McClatchie) Black passed away on June 9th. She was surrounded by her husband, her three children, and her oldest grandchild. Mary was born May 31, 1940, to Lawrence "Mac" & Margaret McClatchie. She grew up in the city of Detroit. Mary graduated from the University of Detroit where she met her husband of 55 years Sylvester Gerard "Jerry" Black.

Mary leaves behind Jerry, her three children Jeff Black (Marcia), Jennifer Black Neu (Rick), Meg Black (Theresa Quinn) and five grandchildren: Aaron, Madeline, Anna, Rachel, and Jerrick.

Mary described herself as a “Catholic at large” but was a current, active member of St. Ignatius Catholic community and former member of St. Mary’s of Redford and St. Leo’s parishes. She fought tirelessly for LGBTQ rights, respect, dignity, and equality. For many years she was an active member and spokesperson for PFLAG and Dignity. Mary was a peacemaker and fighter for numerous social justice issues throughout her life. She often used her saber wit and eloquence to write articles and newsletters for her causes.

Mary was known for her intelligence, compassion, loyalty and most of all her sense of humor. Mary was an avid reader, a deep and critical thinker, and a lifelong learner who enjoyed meaningful conversations. She was also a talented seamstress, knitter, and quilter. Her quilts, other sewing creations, and cards are treasured gifts she gave to family members. Mary also enjoyed playing cards. She and Jerry made lifelong friends from their card clubs, neighbors, fellow parishioners, book and quilting clubs and social justice advocates.

She will be greatly missed by her family, lifelong friends, and the entire community of St. Ignatius.

Family will receive friends Monday, 3-8 PM at A. J. Desmond and Sons Funeral Home (Vasu-Rodgers-Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward Avenue, Royal Oak, 48073. A Scripture Service will be at 7 PM.

Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday at 10 AM, Saint Mary's of Redford Catholic Church, 16098 Grand River Avenue, Detroit, 48227. Visiting begins at 9 AM at the church.

Donations can be made to: Manna Meals Soup Kitchen or the Capuchin Soup Kitchen.


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