Mary Louise Piper Black
Onion Creek, Texas and Brewer - Mary Louise Piper Black died on October 30, 2019, after more than 99 years of a full life.
Born in Brewer, Maine, Mary met Bill Black at Dow Field Air Base in Bangor while he was stationed there during World War II. Even though they would eventually move to Texas, Mary and Bill never lost their love for Maine. Returning each summer to their log home, they instilled their love for Maine in their three daughters, Becky, Betsy, and Sally.
Mary had a fashion flair from her earliest days. Old newspaper clippings show her love of clothes and modeling. She could sew anything from suits to prom dresses, and she knit fancy sweaters for many lucky recipients. Her greatest creativity, however, was her needlepoint: many beautiful designs all transposed from charted patterns onto plain canvas.
Mary lived in Onion Creek for many years, where she was active in the Ladies' Association and served as president. She also enjoyed volunteering during the Legends of Golf tournaments, chauffeuring such legends as Sam Snead and Gene Sarazen.
Mary was a self-educated woman who loved thinking about the world and poring over maps. One of her greatest joys was reading quality literature and history. She was delighted to receive a letter from James Michener after she had written him about her love for his books.
Mary's greatest love was for her family. She is survived by her three daughters, Becky Dement and Woody, Betsy Simpson and husband, Harold, and Sally Reid and husband, Lynn; six grandchildren, Darcy Pedetti, Mandy Barrow, Sarah Tucker, Sam Simpson, Billy Avent, and Scott Avent; and eleven great-grandchildren.
Mary is predeceased by her husband of sixty years, William G. Black, Jr.
A private family celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019.
Condolences may be sent to: www.harrellfuneralhomes.com.
Published on November 15, 2019

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