Juanita Black


Juanita Spurlock Harding Black, 80, of Whispering Pines, died July 13, 2001 in Phoenix. She was born April 9, 1921.

Mrs. Black's family was among the early settlers of Arizona who ranched in Chandler, Payson, Holbrook and Pleasant Valley. She lived in California with her late husband Lester Harding, who was the father of her children.

Following his death, she married longtime family friend James Black and in the late 1970s, the two of them moved to Whispering Pines north of Payson where they were active in the volunteer fire department.

Mrs. Black was known by all for her cheerful and easygoing nature, her creative artwork and bold fashion statements.

Survivors include her children, Tom Harding, Nancy Jo Blech and Tawnya Harding; sister, Zona Greenleaf; brother, Richard Spurlock; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husbands Lester Harding and James Black.

Memorial services were held Sunday, July 22, at Son Life Community Church in Phoenix.

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