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Erion Marie Black

March 20, 1937 April 10, 2020
Erion Marie Black
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Obituary for Erion Marie Black

Erion Marie (Sanders) Black passed away Friday morning, April 10, 2020 (Good Friday) at the home of her grandson, Austin Black II. She was born on Saturday, March 20, 1937 in Cruger, Mississippi (Holmes County) and was the youngest child of Rev. Hezekiah Sanders and Fannie (Saffold) Sanders. She was married in Detroit, Michigan to Austin Black from Bolivar (Hardeman County) Tennessee who died October 22, 1977 at the age of 49 elk hunting in Utah. Her siblings included Leontine Epps, Archinola Braggs, Lonzo Sanders, Lethia Jones and Charles Sanders, all of whom, except Lethia, are deceased.

She was the doting mother of two children: Rochelle Alicia and Robin Marie whom she raised as a single mother of teenagers following the passing of her husband. She was also a loving grandmother of her only grandchild: Austin. Erion was a member of the Love of Christ Christian Center Church in Detroit under the spiritual leadership, teachings and tutelage of Pastor Michael Dexter.

She held several positions in social work, including Catholic Social Services and Barat House of Detroit. Social work was her passion and calling. In later years she was employed by Ford Motor Company (Wixom Plant) until she retired in 1999. Erion enjoyed gardening, baking and was known for her infamous blackberry peach cobbler. She also enjoyed playing the keyboard and singing Christian songs.

Throughout her life, Erion loved and believed in the Lord and often talked about her father's keen knowledge about the Bible and his ability to accurately site biblical chapters, passages and verses.

Erion also instilled in her daughters and grandson the importance of education and knowledge regardless of barriers and was at peace when she passed knowing that all of them benefited from successfully pursing higher education. She was very passionate and emphatic about that second only to a strong belief in and love of God and everything doing so entailed.

In addition to her children, grandchild and sister, Erion leaves behind many in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, church members and neighbors.

She was very appreciative of Austin's willingness and ability to meet her needs at the point of need (they were two peas in a pod) and was also very fond of his Goldendoodle, Scout Marie, and various neighbor dogs that she sang to on a regular basis.

Although her presence in our lives will be greatly missed, we have solace in knowing that she is at peace with God.

Final arrangements were entrusted to Lynch & Sons Funeral Home in Clawson, Michigan followed by a private burial with immediate family at Detroit Woodlawn Cemetery in keeping with the coronavirus/COVID-19 restrictions currently in place. The family plans to hold a memorial service and celebration of life luncheon for family and friends at a later date when conditions permit such gatherings.


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