Ora Mae Black, the daughter of the late Edward Albert and Hettie Snider Triplett, was born near Essex on Nov. 29, 1906 and died at the Missouri Southern Healthcare in Dexter on March 14, 2002, at the age of 95. Mrs. Black was a former resident of Detroit, Mich. and St. Louis before moving to Essex in 1949. She was a professional seamstress and upholster. She attended the Ott School near Dexter and was a member of the Dexter Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses. On July 3, 1925, she was united in marriage to Fred Smith in Detroit, Mich. He preceded her in death on April 7, 1934. On March 18, 1937, she was united in marriage to Charles "Blackie" Black and he preceded her in death on May 3, 1972. Surviving are two sons, Richard Black of St. Louis and Glen D. Black of Montreal, Canada; four daughters, Fern Kirby of Bloomfield, Marilynn Smith of Dexter, Ronnie Mae Black of St. Louis, and Elizabeth Black Mitchell of Essex; one brother, Cecil Triplett of Dexter; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Besides her husbands and parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Charles L. Smith; by one grandson, Keith Smith; by one brother, Fred Triplett; and by one sister, Cora Wilkerson. Visitation was held at the Watkins & Sons Funeral Home in Dexter on Saturday, March 16 from 5 - 8 p.m. Funeral services were conducted in the Watkins & Sons Funeral Chapel, today, Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m. with Bro. Ed Mangus of Dexter officiating. Interment followed in the Triplett Cemetery near Dexter with Watkins & Sons Funeral Services of Dexter in charge of arrangements.