Ruth Black, Avon sales manager

August 29, 2013

Ruth Black, a saleswoman and then a sales manager for Avon cosmetics from 1964 to 2004, died July 24 at the Washington Home hospice. She was 85.

The cause was a stroke, said a daughter, Gale Black.

Mrs. Black, a District resident, was one of the first African American sales managers for Avon in the Washington area, her family said. She won 12 awards for top performance.

Ruth Gale Barron, a native Washingtonian, was a graduate of Cardozo High School and attended Miner Teachers College in the District.

She was a member of the Sedarmocs, a civic and charitable women’s organization.

Her marriage to Carleton H. Black Sr. ended in divorce. Survivors include three children, Gale B. Black and Carleton H. Black Jr., both of Washington, and Robin R. Lee of Columbia; a brother, William Barron of Washington; and six grandchildren.

— Adam Bernstein

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