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Lorice Dow Black

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Lorice Dow Black

October 7, 1925 – March 9, 2021

Lorice Dow Black, proud Lebanese-American formerly of Greenville, SC died peacefully surrounded by her children near Atlanta, GA on March 9, 2021. She was 95 years old. Born in Raeford, N.C. on October 7, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Albert and Linda Dow.  She moved to Greenville, SC at a young age with her family and was an almost lifelong member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, where she was once voted St. Mary’s Women’s Club Woman of the Year. She was a devoted member of her church’s Thursday Night Prayer Community, where she served in the music ministry.

After graduation from Greenville High School, she was employed at the former Greenville Air Force Base (now Donaldson Center), and later retired from the City of Greenville after 30 years of service with the Building Department. She was a charter member of the city’s Metro Toastmasters with which she was involved for many years.

During her retirement years she enjoyed volunteering at various nursing/retirement homes, where she captivated the residents with her rousing piano sing-a-longs.

She was devoted to her nine grandchildren: Brandy, Natalie, Chase, Tony, Olivia, Vincent, Samantha, Anna, Nicholas and her four great-grandchildren: Madison, Elijah, Malachi, and Sadie. They will remember her always for the individual songs Grandma composed for them, along with her innate ability to make even the simplest things exciting and fun!

She was an amazing mother to her four children and their spouses: Larry Black (Astrid), Diane Hornbeck (Kirk), Carol Steinhauser (Paul), and Bill Black (Nancy). She is survived by her beloved brother Al Dow of Greenville and predeceased by her two loving sisters Lillian Vaughn and Renee Toy.

Her abundance of unconditional love and zest for life despite life’s challenges, inspired not only her family but everyone that knew her. She will forever be remembered by her positive attitude and encouraging words, including her favorite line,  “There’s a good day a-coming by and by!”

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2021, 11 AM, at Saint Rafka Maronite Catholic Church, 1215 S. Highway 14, Greer, SC 29650. Burial of the cremains will be at a later date at Woodlawn Cemetery. May her memory be eternal!

Those who wish to observe the Saturday service can see the live streaming Saturday at https://bit.ly/2U47F3L  or later on youtube.com

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7 Comments To "Lorice Dow Black"

Cherise Jolley On Apr 23 2021 at 12pm
Sending my condolences to all the family. Lorice really was a very special gift to all who met her. We lived far apart so were not able to spend much time together- but the time together was truly memorable. Always fun! She had a special gift of love she shared with everyone! Reply to this comment
Judy Hall On Mar 14 2021 at 10am
Lorice was my Aunt Pat’s best friend! My husband and I drove her to Florida to my Aunt Pat’s 75th birthday in Florida! We also flew to Florida for Pat’s 75th birthday! We were talking about her today. My prayers go out to her family! Love to all! Judy Hall Reply to this comment
Rosemary Looper On Mar 13 2021 at 5pm
Ms. Black (Lorice) was like me 2nd mom. I grew up in the same neighborhood and played with all her children (Larry, Diane, Billy and Carol) but Diane was my best friend and I have so many wonderful memories. Lorice treated me like one of her own and I’m thankful for everything, especially eating yummy Lebanese food! Praying for the family! Love you all! Reply to this comment
Diane Hornbeck On Mar 14 2021 at 10am
Thank you Rosemary. We share so many special and fun memories. Many blessings to you and all the family. Love, Diane
James A. Smith On Mar 13 2021 at 5pm
Lorice was a lifelong family friend. My Mother (Patsy Ruth Turner) met Lorice @ Greenville High School @ 14 years old and were best friends from then on. I’m @ a loss for words, I know that she will be greatly missed by all who loved her. My prayers and hugs go to her family @ this sorrowful time. Reply to this comment
Raymond Dow On Mar 13 2021 at 5pm
My cousin Lorice was such a remarkable and loving caring Matriarch of her family. She was such an inspiration to us all. My God bless and comfort her family. We love you - Raymond and Pam Reply to this comment
Cindy Sedran On Mar 12 2021 at 12pm
Lorice was my 'other mom'. She and I shared so much. She knew my parents and was always there for me too. I feel blessed to know her since i was maybe 2nd grade! feeling like a lifetime for me. I always felt so special and she too opened up to me. What a positive upbeat loving person. Her children shared her with me and I am eternally grateful to all of them. I will miss her so very very much. Reply to this comment
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