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Barbara Jean Black, of Deer Park, Washington, passed from this life on Aug. 7, 2017, at home surrounded by her loving family. She will be very dearly missed by her family and all who knew her.

She was born Nov. 6, 1959, in Danville, Pa., a daughter of the late Louis G. Sr. and Hazel L. (Soper) VanGilder.

She graduated from Danville High School class of 1977.

She married her husband Mark Black nearly 27 years ago on Oct. 29, 1990. They have five children: M. Alan Black, Jennifer Black Erb, Nathanael Black, Katelyn Black and Sarah Black, and three grandsons, Isaac, Asher and Ely Erb.

Barbie had five siblings. She was the baby sister of Louis Jr. and Karen VanGilder, of Northumberland, Pa., David VanGilder and Jane Lewellyn, of Shamokin Dam, Pa., Bonnie (VanGilder) and Toni Rebuck, of Muncy, Pa., Kimmer VanGilder, of Danville, Pa., and Debra (VanGilder) and Bradley Derr, of Danville, who survive. She will be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews who dearly loved her. She is also survived by her dearest Aunt June (Soper) Russell with whom she lived when she first moved to California in 1981.

Prior to moving to California, Barbie will be remembered by many in Danville for her beautiful singing voice. She sang at many weddings and had the voice of an angel. She worked after high school at Perkins in Danville and then several years as a teller at the First National Bank in Danville.

She lived in California until she met and married her husband. She then lived in Colorado, Idaho and for the last 10 years in Deer Park, Washington. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and friend. She lived her faith in Christ and along with her family spent much time doing mission and humanitarian work in the United States and abroad.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, at Spokane Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 1601 S. Sullivan Road, Spokane Valley, Wash.
Published on August 18, 2017
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