Lora Lea Orrison Black


(May 10, 2004)

Funeral services were conducted Saturday, May 15 in Caldwell, Idaho, for Lora Lea Orrison Black, 36, who died May 10. Early Monday morning, May 10, 2004, a beautiful spirit left her earthly body and entered into the presence of her Heavenly Father.

She was born on March 5, 1968, in Tacoma, Wash., to Rodney and Nancy Orrison.

In January 1976, the family moved to Caldwell, and Lora began developing the relationships which have sustained her throughout her lifetime. After graduating from Caldwell High School in 1986, Lora attended Pacific University in Forest Grove, Ore. She majored in elementary education and began her lifelong love of interacting with children.

She received the Most Promising Educator Award from the education department upon her graduation in the spring of 1990. For the next two years, Lora taught fifth grade at Sherwood Elementary School in Sherwood, Ore. While attending Pacific University, Lora met and fell in love with Will Black, an optometry student from Powell. They were married on July 10, 1993, at Boone Memorial Presbyterian Church in Caldwell.

Lora and Will moved back to Caldwell where Dr. Black began practicing optometry and Lora began teaching at Van Buren Elementary School. Lora's dream of becoming a mother came true in September 1996, when she and Will traveled to China to receive their first daughter, Juliet Rose. In October 2000, they returned to China for their second daughter, Annalea Jane. Juliet and Annalea were the focus of Lora's life. Her greatest desire was to raise her girls. In her short years with them, she taught them the values she wanted them to live by: politeness, love for family and friends, love for God and living with a happy heart.

Lora is survived by her husband, Dr. William T. Black, her daughters, Juliet, age 8, and Annalea, age 4; her grandfather, Ralph Drew and his wife, Alice; her parents; her brother and sister-in-law, John and Anna Orrison, and their sons, John and Joseph; her husband's parents, Mac and Debbie Black, and Sara Lee; her sister-in-law and her husband, Mary Jane and Lyle Muncy, and their children, Megan, Nick and Monica; sister-in-law and her husband, Trese and Don Treptow, and their children, Jake, Genevieve and Chase; and her husband's grandfather, Crafts Black. She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Lora's deep and abiding faith sustained her and allowed her to deal with her health problems with a sense of humor and without complaining. She loved each day with Will and the girls, and she brought joy and hope to everyone she met.

Memorials in Lora's name may be directed to Boone Memorial Presbyterian Church to be used for children's educational programs, 14th Ave. & Dearborn, Caldwell, Idaho 83605. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to Dr. Black, 2605 Willowbrook Place, Caldwell, Idaho, 83605.