|Birth: ||Jan. 23, 1931|
|Death: ||Dec. 11, 2009|
Salt Lake County
Our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and light of our lives, Sophie Mae Pappas Black, returned home to her Heavenly Father on December 11, 2009.
Sophie was born in Park City, Utah to loving parents, George and Nettie Pappas, on January 23, 1931.
She married the love of her life, Francis Bischoff Black, on April 20, 1951 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. They have spent the next fifty-eight years side by side loving and caring for each other.
Sophie grew up at her family farm in West Jordan. She was the fourth child in their happy family of fourteen children. She was a proud beet digger from Jordan High School and involved herself in everything from a twirling majorette to broadcaster and clerk. She also played short stop on West Jordan's county softball team.
Sophie and Fran met while attending the University of Utah and spent their early years together in the Navy, in California and Hawaii as their family grew with each of their four children. They earned "their de-grees" at San Diego St. making lifelong friends. Sophie gave her whole heart, energy, and unconditional love to what she felt was her greatest calling as a wife, mother, and grandmother!
She was a shining light and a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints who taught by her loving example and Christ-like love. She served happily in each calling that she received. Her love and radiance will serve as a light and continue to guide us.
Sophie was the SUPREME OPTIMIST!!! Her zest for life, giving nature, spontaneity, faithful spirit, listening ear, twinkle in her eye, bright smile, shop til you drop attitude, and unconditional love for others endeared her to everyone who knew and loved her.
She was a talented seamstress. She was the head secretary at Canyon View Elementary, West Jordan Middle, Alta High School, and Jordan School District. Sophie was a savvy business woman and with Fran created and ran ROI Systems Inc. for twenty years.
Survived by her loving husband, Francis Black; children, Robert Black (Dawn); Deborah Johnson (Bill); grandchildren: Jeremy, Brandon (Candice) Black, Tonia Nicole Leyba (Tasia McGee), Robert (Shelly), Alan (Jill), Mike (April) Black, Trista Prince, Josh (Heather), Marcus, Trenton, Cameron Johnson, sixteen great-grandchildren, and eight brothers and sisters, Helen, Georgia, Athene, Xene, Paul, Steven, Sherrie, and Linda. Preceded in death by, her children, Vicky Black, and David Black; her parents George and Nettie Pappas; sisters and brothers, Betty, George, Dan, Donald, and Deana.
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. in the River Ridge Fifth Ward Chapel, 10168 South 1100 West, South Jordan. Friends may call on Wednesday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road (10600 South), Sandy, and also Thursday from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to the services at the Ward Chapel.
Interment will be in the Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery.
Published in the Deseret News from December 15 to December 16, 2009.
Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery
Salt Lake County
Plot: Garden of Atonement 110-1, B-1
Created by: Ryan D. Curtis
Record added: Dec 19, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 45606280