On April 9, 2018, at Sentara Nursing Care in Portsmouth, VA, Mary Violet Black (Lee) departed this life for eternal reward.
Mary was the second of four children born in Newark, NJ on January 25, 1924 to Lucille and John Lee Sr. She was preceded
in death by her parents, her sister Gloria Harris, brothers John Lee Jr. and Frederick Lee. Children Isaiah Howard Jr. and Gwendolyn Brathwaite. Grandson Carl Headen. Mary worked at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Lyons, NJ well over 10 years as well as other various jobs.
Mary married Francis Black and from that union had four children. Frances Headen (Billy), Marilyn Traynham (John), Phillip Black (Vernita) and Terry Black (Olivia). She later met and had two children Isaiah Howard Jr. (Dorothy) and Gwendolyn Brathwaite (Carlos) with Isaiah Howard Sr. Mary loved to travel and visit with friends and family. In her active years she enjoyed playing Bingo, visiting the casino and hanging with friends. She later enjoyed completing puzzles, knitting and spending time with family. Mary lived life with a “go” spirit, quick wit and had an infectious laugh. She had a great capacity to love in her own quiet way. Her house was always filled with children. She was a fighter within the eye of the volcano; a listener in the midst of the hurricane; a deliverer of truth; a carrier of wisdom and a tree displaying roots of beauty.
Mary is survived by her four children; Frances, Marilyn, Phillip and Terry. Her grandchildren Damen (Larry), Derrick, Adrianne, Terry, Malika, Rabiyyah, Ibn, April, Pamela, Kevin, Kylee, Phillip Jr, Shaneen, Antoinette, Isaiah and Charlette. Niece Janice Yates and nephew Frederick Lee. A host of great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.