Mary Phyrl Curtis Black was born Friday, January 18, 1924 in Garfield, Utah to Ruel Curtis and Mary Zola Harward. She was the eldest of eleven children.
She married Oris George Black on October 5, 1949 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They had six children.
She grew up in the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City and was a graduate of South High School, Class of 1942.
Phyrl was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, having served a mission in the Northern States Mission. She faithfully served in many ward callings in Blanding, where she lived most of her married life.
Phyrl passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 26, 1991 at her home due to complications from diabetes.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, October 1, 1991 at 12:00 p.m. in the Blanding North Ward Chapel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints located at 255 East 200 North in Blanding. Calling hours were held on Monday, September 30, 1991 from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. at San Juan Mortuary located at 370 South Main Street in Blanding, and from 9:30 until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday at the church. Phyrl was laid to rest following the conclusion of the funeral services at the Blanding City Cemetery in Blanding.
Summary of funeral services: Funeral services were presided over by President Donald Jack, with Bishop R. Dan Webb officiating. The prelude and postlude music was offered by Renee Pincock. The invocation was offered by Wayne R. Black. Musical numbers performed included: "More Holiness Give Me," which was performed by the Blanding Fourth Ward Choir; "How Great Thou Art," which was performed by Hank Flink and Norm Gibbons; and "O My Father," which was performed by the Blanding Fourth Ward Choir. Speakers included: Kaylene Mulvey, Mary Gae Sibley, Mary Adams, Joseph E. Black, Mark Lyman, and Dan Webb. The benediction was offered by Darrell C. Black. The grave was dedicated by Dale H. Curtis. Pallbearers included: Darrell C. Black, Steven H. Black, Delbert Mulvey, Wayne R. Black, Todd Sibley, and John Black. Honorary pallbearers included: Dale Curtis, DeVon Curtis, Iwan M. Black, Kent Curtis, and Joseph E. Black.
Her obituary, which was published in the Deseret News on September 29, 1991:
"In fond memory of our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, Mary Phryl Curtis Black, age 67, passed away in her home on September 26, 1991 after a lengthy illness.
"Born January 18, 1924 to Ruel and Zola Curtis. Married Oris G. Black in the Salt Lake City Temple, October 5, 1949.
"Phyrl is survived by her husband, Oris G. Black; six children, Darrell Black, Mrs. Todd Sibley (Mary Gae), Mrs. Delbert L. Mulvey (Kaylene), Ora Lee Black, Wayne Black, Steven Black; 15 grandchildren; three brothers, and four sisters. Preceded in death by a grandson, brother, and a sister.
"Phryl was an active member of the LDS Church having served a mission in the Northen States Mission. She faithfully served in many ward calling in Blading, Utah where she lived most of her married life.
"Funeral services will be Tuesday, October 1, 12 noon at the Blanding North Chapel. Friends may call Monday 7-9 p.m. at the San Juan Mortuary and 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesday prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Blanding Cemetery."