Lillian Elizabeth McFerren Black

  • BORN: July 2, 1921
  • DIED: May 28, 2013
  • LOCATION: McLean, Virginia

Lillian Elizabeth McFerren Black, 91, of McLean, Virginia, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2013. Lillian was born July 2, 1921 to Russel and Maude McFerren in Quincy township, Franklin County, Pennsylvania. She is survived by her four children, Shawnee Marsh, Olivia Kulbeth, Monica Richards, Leo Black, and by fourteen grandchildren and twenty-one great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Albert Leo Black and her sister Emilie McFerren Packer.A service will be held June 8th at 2:00pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1325 Scotts Run Road, McLean, VA 22102. The family will receive family and friends before the service from 1:00 to 2:00pm. Interment will take place on Tuesday, June 11,2013 at Sandy City Cemetery in Sandy, Utah. Lillian was raised in Fairview Village, Quincy Township, Pennsylvania. She loved learning and attending school. She graduated from Quincy High School and later attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. After high school Lillian lived in Washington, D.C., and worked for the federal government as an executive secretary to General Coffey.Lillian married Albert Leo Black September 9, 1949, in the Salt Lake Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. They lived in Modesto, California, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. When her husband Leo passed away in 1958, Lillian returned to the Washington, D.C. area, living in Arlington, Virginia, to work and raise her four young children.Lillian retired from the Federal Government in 1986. At the time of her retirement she was working for the Department of the Navy as an administrative assistant in the Congressional Liaison Office. There she received the Navy Civilian Meritorious Award. Lillian was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and while living in Virginia, attended the Falls Church Ward, Vienna Ward and McLean 2nd Ward. She faithfully served in many capacities including the Young Women and Relief Society organizations, as a missionary in the California San Bernadino Mission, and as a temple worker in the Washington, D.C. Temple.Lillian was valiant in her testimony of Jesus Christ and the restored gospel. It was always important for her to do the right thing. Lillian never questioned why she had the trials in life that she had; she just continued to move forward with faith and endure well all that was required of her and endured with a sense of humor.Lillian enjoyed genealogy and family history research; she felt a great responsibility to do her part in linking her family together.Lillian loved, respected and appreciated her parents, Russel and Maude McFerren, and her sister, Emilie. Throughout her life she expressed gratitude for all they did for her and all they taught her. Lillian has been a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother. As her extended family grew, it was important for her to acknowledge each child, grandchild and great grandchild at birthdays and holidays. Everyone anticipated their special card and personal note. She was always interested in what each person was involved in and made an effort to attend and be a part of the special events in their lives and always give encouragement. Her family brought her great joy and she brought great joy to her family. Lillian has been a shining example of service, kindness, friendship, faith, strength and love. She has been the anchor of her family.


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“ Aunt Lillian is one of the noblest women I know. We lived across the street from her in Arlington, VA for about 7 years. When we moved to Oakton,...Read More »

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