Myrna Jean Murphy Black died August 1, 1998, at Cottonwood Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.

She was born February 7, 1937, in Havre, Montana, to Earl E. and Vera Palmer Murphy, and married John C. Black in the Salt Lake LDS Temple June 15, 1961. She studied at the Merrill Palmer School in Detroit, MI, at the University of South Carolina, and received a B.S. degree in Child Development and Family Relationships and Elementary Education, and an M.S. in Family Relations from Brigham Young University. In her fifties she earned Montessori Preschool Certification.She taught first grade students in Sandy, UT, and was an instructor in the Child Development programs at BYU and at the University of Cincinnati. She was a consultant to the Head Start program in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. She worked as a marriage and family counselor and Family Life Educator with Family Services of Columbia, SC. She taught in and organized Montessori preschools in Arizona and Colorado.

A faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she served in many positions including stake Relief Society president in the Columbia and West Columbia, SC stakes, and as an LDS Social Services representative in South Carolina.

She was an enthusiastic genealogical researcher and devoted years to searching primary sources for information about her ancestors. She contributed substantially to three books, and designed and published a genealogical note-taking system.

She is survived by her husband; her sons, Kevin (Winona), and Kelly (Juliet); nine grandchildren; her father; and her sisters, Vira Johnson (Barry), and Merlene Sabin (Neil).

Funeral service will be held at the Cottonwood Heights Stake Center, 6890 S. 2225 E., at 11 a.m. Friday. Friends may call Thursday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., at Larkin Sunset Gardens Mortuary, 10600 S. 1700 E., Sandy, or Friday at the church, 10-10:45 a.m. Interment: Valley View Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Annabell Sanders Black and Myrna Jean Murphy Black Infant Literacy Endowed Scholarship, c/o Dr. Susan Easton Black, 350D MSRB, BYU.

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