Trudy Black

Trudy Black, 89 went to be with the Lord on March 19, 2014.She was born in Fort Worth, Texas, Nov. 25, 1924, one of nine children born to Maude and Alvin Elmore Snider.She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 53 years, Noel P. Black; son, Phillip James Black; parents; sisters, Evelyn Hanks of San Angelo, Texas, Rubye Ferguson of Mustang. Flois Kingsley of Sperry, Lois Schuelein of Oklahoma City; brothers: Floyd Snider of Oklahoma City and Joe Snider of Snyder, Texas.She is survived by her daughters, Linda and husband John Scarbrough of Poteau, Laura House of Poteau, Patricia Ann Hillard of Nocona, Texas; grandson Noel Anderson and wife Marina Black of Colorado Springs, Colo., granddaughter Trudy and husband Brian Crockett of Panola, and grandson Charles and wife Treasure House of Wilburton, great-grandchildren; Jayda Crockett, Tanner Crockett, Meghan Crockett, Ustian Black, Jasper Black, Tristan House; numerous nieces, nephews and special friends. As a girl she and her family worked in the cotton fields in east Texas and survived the Dust Bowl of Oklahoma. Trudy's'  first school was a two-room schoolhouse in Benvenue, a community near Byers, Texas. Trudy was a Christian and a member of the Sulphur Springs Church. She had been a church pianist or organist since 1957. Trudy and Noel were Worthy Matron and Worthy Patron of the Star Aichihoyo Chapter and Rebekah’s 104, Dec. 28, 1986. She was one of the original members of the Hospital Auxiliary of Latimer Hospital in 1977.She and her friends formed a instrument and singing group, called Gospel Notes and met  weekly to play piano for local nursing home residents and church gatherings.She enjoyed painting with oils or watercolors and reading. She was fascinated with the computer. She was a successful rancher, raisin Black Angus cattle on her B5 Ranch, a cosmetology instructor, owner/operator of a beauty shop in Wilburton from 1967 to1987.  She taught piano in Wilburton, Red Oak, Talihina,  Buffalo Valley and Panola.Philanthropy did not stay in her local church. In 2003, Trudy donated land in Panola to build a fire station and a 1999 Dodge van with wheelchair lift and countless accessories to Oklahoma Independent Living in McAlester.A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 25, at Panola Baptist Church. Lunch will be provided following the service.Trudy donated her body to medical science at the University of Oklahoma.