Melba N. Black
March 2, 1920 – January 5, 2013
DALLAS – Melba Black, 92, of Dallas died on January 5, 2013. She was born on March 2, 1920 in Java, South Dakota and spent her childhood on a farm in South Dakota. Her one room school house only had four students. The family moved to Oregon and she graduated from Sheridan High School in 1938. She then studied to be a teacher at Oregon Normal School in Monmouth and graduated in 1940.
She taught in Molalla and then moved to Seattle and married Reynold Hendrickson. Reynold died of polio in 1945. Melba and their daughter then moved to Dallas, Oregon and joined the First Christian Church. Melba worked as church secretary. In 1948 Melba married V. Carl Black and they had a daughter in 1952. She worked as a substitute teacher then became the first secretary for the elementary school in Dallas (Morrison). Melba also worked for the Dallas ESD as a secretary and media coordinator. She loved to write and took great pride in the compositions that were published. The Itemizer Observer ran her “Flip Side” article for many years. In these articles it was easy for the reader to see her love of people, sense of humor, and high ideals.
Melba was also an active volunteer in the Dallas Public Library. The Dallas High School Speech Contest often invited her as a judge. She enjoyed hearing the student’s speeches and enjoyed the evaluation process. Melba and Carl have lived in Dallas for all of their 65 years together and took pride in their community. They had a foreign exchange student, Elizabeth Kemp, and remained active in the AFS program. Elizabeth was here from England and the Blacks were fortunate to fly to York, England a few years later for Elizabeth’s wedding.
Melba was a very accomplished seamstress and often sewed for her family. She took an active role in all 6 grandchildren’s lives. She took pride in having her own computer and staying in touch with family and friends. She wrote and directed church Christmas Pageants and she and Carl were youth directors for the church high school group in the early 1950’s. She taught a popular adult Bible class for many years.
Melba is survived by her husband, Victor Carl Black, of Dallas, and daughters; Vicki Massey and Virginia Stensland. She is also survived by her 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandson. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Reynold Hendrickson.
The funeral service is planned for Friday, January 11th at 11:00AM at the First Christian Church, in Dallas. Burial will be at the Dallas Cemetery. Memorial Contributions are suggested to the Salvation Army or the American Red Cross, in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center, who is handling the arrangements.