Phyllis Black, 89, of Carrington, passed away Sunday, April 28, 2013, at Golden Acres Manor in Carrington under the gentle care of their wonderful staff.
Phyllis Louise Brandt was born May 12, 1923, the daughter of Carl and Leona (Gettle) Brandt, at their home in Marinette County, Pound, Wis. The family later moved to rural Eddy County in North Dakota. The Brandt family lived and farmed at several different locations in Cherry Lake Township, in the Grace City and McHenry area. Phyllis attended rural schools during her elementary years and went to high school at McHenry. Her graduation was prevented when McHenry's school burned so she completed her final work through correspondence. Following graduation she completed the necessary course work to become a teacher. She taught at several rural schools throughout the area, and after each school year attended Valley City State Teachers College until she earned her standard degree in 1946.
She taught at Minto, Juanita and other rural schools until she was united in marriage to Norvin Black on Dec. 9, 1947, at Fargo. They lived first at Grace City and then moved to the family farm near McHenry, where they raised their five children.
In 1966, Phyllis returned to elementary teaching, beginning at Grace City, then at McHenry, and finally at Glenfield Sutton McHenry. During that time she continued her education at Valley City and earned her bachelor of science degree in education in 1975. She retired in 1988, but while teaching Phyllis understood her students' thirst for knowledge, and she especially enjoyed showing her students the wonders of nature, plants, trees and animals. Her greatest educational legacy was her ability to teach young people how to read. She shared that passion with many students, her children and grandchildren.
Phyllis was an active member of the McHenry community, including Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Music Mothers and American Legion Auxiliary. Phyllis was a skilled cook, baker and gardener and she also enjoyed crocheting, quilting and reading. She was dedicated to her family and friends, and faithfully served the Lord wherever she was. For a time Phyllis lived at Larimore, and in 2005, moved to Poplar Court and later to Golden Acres Manor at Carrington.
She is best known and remembered by her family for her Grandma buns, cookies of all kinds, wonderful meals, her deep faith, compassion, cheerful greetings and endless energy.
Surviving members of the family include: her children and spouses: Betty (Jon) Staebler, of Perham, Minn.; Lyle (Annola) Black, McHenry, Gilbert (Jo Anne) Black, Grace City, Wesley (Karen) Black, Rugby, Louanne Zejdlik, East Grand Forks, Minn.; 18 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; her brother, Ellis (Arlene) Brandt, Carrington; a brother-in-law, Bill (Leona) Black, Grace City; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Norvin; her sisters, Ilith Ingrebretson and Marjory Meehan; one brother, Paul Brandt; a granddaughter, Alanna Zejdlik; and great-grandson, Jack Raphael Staebler.
Visitation: Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 p.m., all at Evans Funeral Home, Carrington.
Funeral Service: Monday, May 6, at 11 a.m. at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, McHenry.
Interment: Tuesday, May 7, at 11 a.m. at the North Dakota Veterans Cemetery, south of Mandan.
Online condolences may be sent at (www.EvansFuneralHomeND.com).
(Evans Funeral Home, Carrington)