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March 08, 2023 Clytha Black, 89

Funeral Services for Clytha Black, 89, formerly of Lenox, Iowa were held Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at 12 PM at Ritchie Funeral Home. Visitation was held prior to the service from 10:30 until 12 PM. Interment was held at North Fairview Cemetery in Lenox. Memorials may be directed towards the family in Clytha’s honor. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at under Obituaries.
Clytha M. Spring Black began her eternal life journey on Friday, February 24, 2023 from her home in Waukee.
She was born at home in Nodaway Township, Taylor County on July 30, 1933. She was the first of five children born to Clyde and Winnie (Else) Spring.
Clytha began country school at ‘Dog Hollow’ and graduated from Prescott High School. She then moved to Lenox and began working for the medical practice of Dr Sluss and Dr Robbins.
She and Kenny were married on July 12, 1952. They welcomed three children to their family, Janell, Jim, and Sheila. Clytha was a stay-at-home Mom when the kids were little; she supplemented the family income selling baked goods from her home and taking in ironing. When the kids were all in school, she held various jobs outside of the home: Sheridan Egg, Dr. Imm, Dr. Sawyer, Tyler Drug Store, and as a Home Health Aid for the State of Iowa.
She was an active member of The United Methodist Church in Lenox and enjoyed giving her time to help support the church. After retirement, she was a regular volunteer at the After School Project, The Neighborhood Center, assisted at the Ritchie Funeral Home, and you could always count on her for a game of cards!
Clytha was a 50+ year member of The Order of the Eastern Star beginning her membership in Lenox. She enjoyed her flower gardens – but not the weeds so much! She also grew a small vegetable garden as well as berries and she always had a rhubarb patch. The family enjoyed rhubarb desserts and she also made strawberry rhubarb jam as gifts for the family at Christmas. She enjoyed sharing her love of flowers with everyone and participated in the garden walk during two different years.
In 2021 she made the move to Waukee to be nearer her family. She loved her apartment with a balcony for her ‘outdoor living.’ She participated in several activities and even became ‘the librarian.’ She enjoyed working in the library and especially when Eren came to help. Clytha made friends everywhere she went and loved participating in activities when she was able. She became especially close to her lunch mates.
Celebrating her life are her children: Janell, Jim (Peggy), Sheila (Tim Evans), and niece/daughter Deb (Jim Ralston) Black. Grandchildren: Chris Black, Andy Black, and Rebecca (Neil Hauser) Armes, Great Grandson Eren Hauser. Brothers: Berdine, Larry (Diane), and Reldon (Lometa). Numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Clytha is joining her husband Kenny, her parents, mother-in-law and father-in-law, sister, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and many friends in heaven.

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