Helen "Jean" Black


Helen "Jean" Black, age 84, of Washington, died Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City.
Jean was born November 29, 1935, in Lamoni, Iowa, to Claude and Helen (Rockhold) Dickerson and received her education in Washington County schools. On May 5, 1962, she married Orin "Blackie" Black. She worked as a cashier and bookkeeper at Blackie's Super Value in Sigourney for several years. Jean was a member of the First Christian Church in Washington and enjoyed cooking, camping, the St. Louis Cardinals and spending time with her grandchildren.
Survivors include eight stepsons: Denny (Laura) Black of Alpha, Illinois, Michael (Bev) Black of Washington, Bill (Sherry) Black of Washington, Larry Black of Iowa City, Steve (Denise) Black of Webster, Gary (Jackie) Black of Ankeny, Tom (Deb) Black of Washington and Brad (Bonnie) Black of Sigourney; many stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; three sisters: Norma Stutzman of Buffalo, Missouri, Kathryn Ahrens of Quincy, Illinois and Maggie (Bob) Elliott of Iowa City and three brothers: Bill (Judy) Kindred of McGregor, Paul Dickerson of Muscatine and Gary Dickerson of Quincy, Illinois.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Orin "Blackie" Black, in 1992; stepson: Douglas Black; two sisters: Ruby Liechty and Lois Drayfahl and a brother: Carl Kindred.
Graveside service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Sigourney. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday at Powell Funeral Home in Sigourney. Mask usage and social distancing are strongly encouraged.
A memorial fund has been established for equipment at Legion Park. Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Sigourney is caring for Jean and her family. Tributes may be made at www.powellfuneralhomes.com.

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