Clessa Black, age 94, left us on February 7, 2011.
Clessa was the sixth of eleven children of William Zemira and Rebecca Stevens Palmer. She was born in Bluewater, NM as the family was enroute from the colonies in northern Mexico to Utah.
Her family arrived in Grayson (now Blanding) in June, 1917 following a five-year journey following their expulsion from Mexico in l912 during the Mexican Revolution.
Clessa was raised in Blanding. Her family homesteaded and farmed land in Long Canyon. She married DeAlton Lyman in the Manti LDS Temple in March 1935. They had five children, Gordon, Maureen, Mark, Loyd and Jed.
DeAlton died in l950. In l952 Clessa married Anthon Black, who had recently lost his wife. He brought three children into the marriage, Neal, Sharlet and Nicholas. Clessa and Anthon had two children, Jeffrey Lynn and Duane Edson.
Clessa was a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in many positions during her lifetime. She often opened her home to people in need of care. Long before there was an official women’s shelter in the community, Clessa opened her home to many women and children in need of temporary care.
She and her husband Anthon operated the flour mill in Blanding until it burned in l955. They purchased and operated the flour mill in Monticello and delivered flour and feed to trading posts on the Navajo Reservation.
Clessa lived a long, good life of service to her family and community. She raised a large garden every year up to her death. She was an accomplished seamstress and cook.
She is preceded in death by her husbands DeAlton Lyman and Anthon Black and three children, Nicholas, Loyd and Maureen.
She is survived by one sister, Betty (Glen) Skinner of Blanding and children Neal (Mary) Black of Moab, Gordon (Katherine) Lyman of Snowflake, AZ, Sharlet Black of Hurricane, UT, Mark (Tamra) Lyman of Blanding, Jed (Candice) Lyman of Blanding, Jeff (Carol) Black of Blanding and Duane (Leisa) Black of Logan, UT. She is also survived by many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who considered her a second mother.
Clessa perfected the formula for a happy and productive life: hard work, lots of good food, unconditional love and the ability to laugh and cry with others.
Funeral services were held February 12, 2011 in the Stake Center in Blanding, with interment at the Blanding City Cemetery.
She will be greatly missed.