Wanda Kathleen Black

Wanda Kathleen Black was born at home January 19, 1937, on a night her mother described as “the stormiest of the stormy.” She joined her parents, Marshal and Leslie, and brothers Allan, Stanley and Dale.

She grew up on a dry-land farm on Goodman Point, Colo. with all of the fun and chores farm life provides. Her grandmother, Mina Black, was her first teacher in the one-room school house. She attended Montezuma-Cortez High School and a year at New Mexico Highlands University.

Wanda had a curious mind and experimented in many fields — including softball (a lifelong passion!), being a waitress, restaurant supply, horse racing and managing several lounges. One of her most enjoyable management positions was at the Inn of the Mountain Gods in Ruidoso, N.M.

She returned to Cortez to care for her mother and continued as caregiver until her mother’s death. During this time, she developed COPD and was diagnosed with lung cancer two years ago. She succumbed to her illness on June 11, 2012.

Wanda was preceded in death by her parents, Marshal and Leslie, and her older brothers Allan, Stanley and Dale.

She is survived by her younger brother, David of Farmington, N.M.; step-daughter, Connie Cannales of El Paso, Texas; and by numerous nieces and nephews.

Wanda donated her body to medical science and requested no funeral or memorial. Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice of Montezuma, 1345 S. Broadway, P.O. Drawer 740, Cortez, CO 81321.