Thursday, April 10, 2003

Obituary: Edra Black, widow of former Enquirer editor

By Chris Mayhew
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Mrs. Black

FORT MITCHELL - Edra Daily Black, widow of former Enquirer editor Brady Black, died April 3 at Evergreen Hospice in Kirkland, Wash. She was 90.

Her son, Brent Black of Honolulu, said his mother was proud of the fact that she and Brady came from humble beginnings in Ashland, Ky., but rose to social and professional prominence in the Cincinnati area.

Her son said she was proud to be a Kentuckian who could trace her family's ancestry to the beginnings of the commonwealth.

She was active in numerous community groups, but her primary focus was her husband's career, he said. Her son said her career was as an educator and as the moral center of her family.

"She instilled in us the belief in ourselves, and if we were a minority of one it didn't mean we were wrong," Black said.

Mr. Black retired from the Enquirer in 1975 after 35 years on the staff. He was a Pulitzer Prize juror from 1963 to 1965.

Kentucky Derby day was always the biggest day of the year for Mrs. Black, her son said.

Mr. and Mrs. Black were often invited to attend The Kentucky Derby with the governor, and when they weren't, she would throw her own derby party.

"I still continue the family recipe for mint juleps," he said.

At parties and with family she was known as a teller of stories, Brent Black said. "She was always at the center of a group at cocktail parties telling stories."

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1991.

Other survivors include two daughters, Lisa Black of Issaquah, Wash., and Brenda Black of Florence; and one granddaughter.

Services will be private. Burial will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Fort Mitchell. Wiggen & Sons Funeral Home in Seattle is handling arrangements.


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Obituary: Edra Black, widow of former Enquirer editor