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Averi Michelle Black

January 25, 1982 — November 7, 2023

Averi Michelle Black passed from this life in the afternoon of November 7, 2023 at the age of 41. She was taken by ovarian cancer, which she valiantly fought for nearly 4 years.

Averi was born on January 25, 1982 in Roseville California. She is survived by her parents William and Lynette Black, two sisters, and two brothers, Stephanie Isom, Shayne Black, Jenna deHoyos, and Thomas Black, along with numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Averi graduated from Kentwood High school in Covington, Washington in 2000, and in 2004, earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Communications from BYU-Idaho. Although she worked in marketing, advertising, and customer support for radio stations and software companies after graduating from college, her real passion was photography. After working for almost 15 years in the corporate world, she ventured out on her own and built a small photography business, which specialized in family photos and corporate images.

In her photography, Averi was self-taught. She was a true genius behind the camera. She had an incredible talent for capturing special moments, poses, angles, perspectives, and colors. Photo editing was her specialty. She consistently brought out the best features of everyone (and the places) she took pictures of. Her photography business was rapidly expanding through referrals and exposure to her work.

In her personal life, besides spending time with her family, the thing that Averi enjoyed most was traveling. She and her brother Thomas, who was her constant traveling companion, went on several international trips which included the United Kingdom, Italy, Prague, Iceland, and Greece. One year, she convinced her sister Jenna to go to New York City with her during the Christmas holiday in order to see the sights and take pictures. Of course, a big part of her travels was to take as many pictures as she could.

Averi was very passionate about our country. She loved the U.S. Constitution and our founding principles. During each election cycle, she always studied the issues and candidates. She also made sure her family and friends took the time to vote.

Her favorite holidays were Christmas and the Fourth of July. Her favorite time of the year was Autumn because of the myriad of colors in nature. During the Fall, she was always looking for places that had lots of color in order to take scenic photos.

Averi loved to sing and had a lovely singing voice. She also enjoyed a wide range of music including songs by Abba, Frank Sinatra and many hits from her favorite era the 80’s. One of her favorite songs (maybe her most favorite) was “Forever Young” by Alphaville.

Averi was a friend and inspiration to countless people, including family, friends, schoolmates, colleagues, clients, and business associates. She had an incredible gift of seeing a “bigger picture” in any situation and seemed to know how to give the perfect advice when it was needed. Her ability with people was a blessing to everyone who knew her, not only in her personal life, but in her professional life as well. She always seemed to know exactly what to say to help someone through a problem. She was a fierce defender of those she loved. She was funny and cheerful and always made people feel important.

Heaven truly gained an angel when Averi passed from this life.

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Saturday, January 27, 2024

11:00am - 2:00 pm (Mountain (no DST) time)

Menke Funeral and Cremation Center 12420 N. 103rd Ave, Sun City AZ 85351

12420 North 103rd Avenue, Sun City, AZ 85351

Celebration of Life: 11:00 am, January 27, 2024 at Menke Funeral and Cremation Center 12420 N. 103rd Ave, Sun City AZ 85351

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