Clara Luz Vazquez de Black
August 12, 1941 ‒ September 24, 2020
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 www.stmarylivestream.com. 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 .