Clara Luz Vazquez de Black

August 12, 1941 ‒ September 24, 2020

Delaware, Ohio
Formerly of Oakland , California

Clara Luz Bimnia Vazquez de Black, 79, left this world peacefully from her home on September 24th, 2020. She was born in Rio Blanco, Veracruz, Mexico in 1941 to Julio Angel Vazquez Rodriguez and Maria Susanna Castillo Rousse.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters, Gloria Adelaida Vazequez de Novas and Julita Marina Estrella Vazequez de Dison.

Clara Luz earned her teaching certificate in Mexico and worked at the Instituto de la Veracruz, then a prestigious girl school in Orizaba, Veracruz.  In 1963, she met the love of her life, Kirby Black, in Oakland, CA and they were married in 1964 in her hometown in Mexico. She returned to California and quickly had four children from 1965 – 1969. While learning English and raising four children, she also learned to drive, gained her American citizenship, and cooked interesting Betty Crocker casseroles.

While her life began in a small Mexican town, she made many other places home including Oakland/Hayward, California, Hazlet, New Jersey, Dayton, Ohio, Wassenaar, The Netherlands, Plano, Texas, Nacogdoches, Texas and finally, Delaware, Ohio. Wherever she lived, she embraced her surroundings, and found things to love. Throughout her  life, she unselfishly gave back to the community. She was kind to everyone who crossed her path and never lost her pure joy and appreciation of life. Despite a language barrier, she was active in the PTA, the Band Parents Association, CCD, teaching Spanish to Senior Citizens and teaching ESL to high schoolers. She gave so much to her adopted country, the United States, without ever losing her pride of being Mexican.

In her retirement, she was active in her Senior Center, SourcePoint: sharing her love of music as a member of the Elastic Band, enjoying the company of fellow members playing Dominos, Ping Pong & exercising with the Silver Sneakers.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Kirby Glen Black, her sister Dulce Nombre Maria Eugenia Vazequez, her four children, Elizabeth Ann (Scott) Boylan, Gregory Glen (Julie) Black, Edgar Anthony (Cheryl) Black and Victor Eric (Elizabeth) Black. Her grandchildren, Kathlyn Ann Boylan, Daniel Boylan, Graham Black, Nicholas Black, Jonathan Black, Benjamin Black, Ethan (Olivia) Black, and Willem Black.

A private memorial mass for the immediate family will be celebrated on Monday, October 19, 2020 at 10:30 am at St. Mary Catholic Church, 82 E. William Street, Delaware and will be livestreamed by logging into Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, attendees are required to wear masks and recognize social distancing.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Parkinson’s Foundation in her memory, 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, Florida, 33131

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The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is assisting the family .

  • Kirby, Ellie, Greg, Edgar and Victor,

    My prayers are with you. Clara Luz was a VERY special person.
    Betty Ligon

  • Ellie and family,
    Deepest sympathy to all of you… I know how much you loved her and how amazing she was in every way. Sending prayers and hugs.

  • What an amazing legacy of love and service she left behind. So many memories and such wonderful stories you have to share. A life well lived!!

  • Dear Kirby and family,
    My sincere condolences to all of you at this sad time. Clara Luz brought joy to everyone she met. Always smiling and enjoying life, everyone loved being in her presence. I’ll always remember fondly our times with the “Elastic Band” at Sourcepoint.

    May God give you peace now and always,

  • Dear Ellie & family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family at this sad moment. Shelby and I send you our deepest condolences.

    Rob & Shelby McMullen

  • Dear Kirby and family,
    Clara was a loving and generous spirit. She enjoyed hiking with the Golden Marathon and different activities at SourcePoint. She always smiled and greeted you. Our prayers and love are with you all. She was a blessing to all.
    Kathy Maslouski

  • Dear Kirby and family,
    Ed and I so enjoyed getting to know Clara. Her upbeat and positive attitude were always a blessing at the Parkinson’s Support Group gatherings. I know she will be greatly missed. May your fond memories of such a sweet lady be of comfort. God’s blessings to you going forward.
    Ed and Anita Robinson

  • The heavens have received a beautiful angel to gladden the hearts of those who have gone before her.
    Clara was a spunky, woman of strength. I loved her spirit. She was inspiring. I am so grateful I got to know her.
    Clara attended a few of my classes at SourcePoint. In my Brains and Balance class when ever a challenge was given, she was always the 1st to try. She lit the way for others— always an inspiration.
    Despite her challenges, she shared a positive outlook. That is a beautiful quality.
    I know I’m not alone in saying I will miss her joyful countenance and the music she shared as well at SourcePoint.
    I know her small frame was filled with a giant, glorious spirit of sweet, joyful, energy because it couldn’t be contained— she had to share it. She shared her beautiful light and she will never be forgotten!
    My prayers are with you Kirby, and with your family. May you be sustained at this time, in the days, months and years ahead by encircling peace.

  • Sincere condolences to the entire family. Simply put, Clare was just “A WONDERFUL PERSON”. May she rest in total peace.

  • So sorry for your loss. I knew Clara through the elastic band at source point. Dan, my husband and I attended a birthday party at source point for Clara. What fun! My husband Dan played in the band. Such a nice person.

  • Clara was a beacon of light that emanated from a beautiful soul. She not only was brilliant, but she was witty. I cherished her in the Think Positive and Mind Aerobics classes at SourcePoint.
    Anyone who knew her was richer from her presence.
    She is free now. God be with the family, especially Kirby, as you miss this precious soul.
    I know we all will miss her greatly.
    In gratitude for the time I had with Clara,
    Joan Pearse

  • Prayers for Kirby and Family. Clara was a dear, sweet person and her smiling presence will never be forgotten. God’s Blessing for Peace. -Jeana Price (Niece of Howard Miller)

  • Dear Kirby and family,
    My sympathy and prayers go out to you at this sad time. Clara was a ray of sunshine where ever she went. Whenever I went to Source Point, it seems that you and she were there, and she was always smiling and outgoing. She will be missed by all who knew her.
    Barbara Martin