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Virginia L. Black

March 13, 1929 — August 18, 2022

Virginia (Pearl) Black, 93, passed away peacefully August 18, 2022, at the Madison Valley Manor in Ennis, Montana.

Virginia was born March 13, 1929 to Charles and Bessie (Yokum) Pearl in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

She was second to the youngest with two older brothers, two older sisters, and one younger brother.

At the age of four the family moved to Ten Sleep, Wyoming and later to Worland, Wyoming. Virginia attended school in both locations and graduated from Washakie County High School in 1947. In 1942, she was featured in the Wyoming Daily News for turning 13 on Friday the 13th and living at 1313 Coburn Avenue in Worland, Wyoming. It was this article that caught Dale Blacks’ attention. They began dating in 1946 and married on October 26, 1947. To this marriage, two children were born; a daughter, Sue (Black) Isbell and a son, Dee Black. In addition, she and Dale raised a foster son, Jerry Baker. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband Dale of 60 years.

Dale and Virginia farmed and ranched in Wyoming until 1968 when they moved to Wilsall, Montana and then Ennis, Montana in 1972. Dale and Virginia managed the Sun Ranch at Cameron until 1990 when they moved into town. Virginia was Activity Director for the Madison Valley Manor for 21 years. She was a lifelong supporter of 4H and was inducted into the Montana 4H Hall of Fame. A 50-year member of the Madison Valley Women’s Club and active in the Ennis Lions Club. She volunteered for many organizations and enjoyed meeting people.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, brothers Robert Pearl, Gilbert Pearl, CJ Pearl, sisters Jerry (Pearl) Burton, Maxine (Pearl) Cooper, and great granddaughter Kaela Piwarski. She is survived by her children Sue (Wade) Isbell of Solen, North Dakota, Dee (Linda) Black of Saint Onge, South Dakota, grandchildren Camri (Ken) Piwarski of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada, Blake (Kasey) Isbell of Solen, North Dakota, Jerid (Tobey) Isbell of Flasher, North Dakota, Carin (Kyle) Royer of Sturgis, South Dakota, Mikkal Black of Rapid City, South Dakota, and Terrin (Preston) DesChane of Snohomish, Washington, eleven great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held on September 17, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at the Presbyterian Church in Ennis, Montana. A light lunch will follow. Internment of ashes will be a private family event.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to Madison Valley Manor-Auxiliary, 211 N, Main St, Ennis, MT 59729 for refurbishment of the Manor Courtyard. This courtyard development was a passion of Virginia’s over her 21 years of employment there.

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Service Schedule

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Saturday, September 17, 2022

Starts at 11:00 am (Mountain time)

Madison Valley Presbyterian Church

326 Hugel Street, Ennis, MT 59729

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