Bettie Flanagan Black

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Thursday April 11, 2019

2:00 PM

Ardmore First United Methodist Church

Ardmore, OK

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Funeral services for Bettie Flanagan Black, 86, of Ardmore and formerly of Ada will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the First United Methodist Church in Ardmore. Dr. David Daniel will officiate. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Ada.
The family will receive friends from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Craddock Funeral Home, 525 S. Commerce, Ardmore.
Bettie Flanagan Black, 86, died Sunday, April 7, at Mercy Memorial Hospital, surrounded by friends and family.
Bettie was born to Charlie and Jewell Flanagan on Oct. 8, 1932, south of Ada and graduated from high school at Stonewall in 1950. She attended East Central University for two years. She married Donald Black in 1952, and they had two children.
She worked part time at Farmers Home Administration, Ada Times Democrat, Meads Bakery and First United Methodist Church preschool and returned to East Central University when her youngest child began school.
She graduated from East Central University in June of 1967 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She began teaching in the Ada City Schools and pursued a master's degree in education with a specialty in counseling, which she received in July of 1970 and became a counselor in the Ada City school system.
She moved to Ardmore in 1983 and taught two years in Ardmore City Schools. She became a licensed professional counselor and transferred to Plainview Schools in 1985, where she was the high school counselor.
After retiring in 1991, she worked for two years as a counselor in a treatment center for adolescents referred by the court system. Following those two years, she returned to Plainview as a part-time counselor in the elementary.
During her time as an educator, she was very active in state and national teacher associations. She served on the board of directors for the Oklahoma Education Association for 11 years, two of which as vice president.
For six years she also served on the board of directors of the National Education Association and three years on the Constitution and By-Laws Committee for NEA, chairing the committee one year. During retirement, she served as president of the Carter County Retired Educators Association and worked with NCATE, the National Committee for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
She attended the First United Methodist Church of Ardmore. There, she helped start the Stephen Ministry and a counseling ministry.
In her spare time, she loved riding on the back of Donald's motorcycle across the U.S. and accompanying him on bicycle tours.
She is survived by her husband; two children, Don Black Jr. and Karen Black, both of Ardmore; two brothers, Bob Flanagan and Tom Flanagan; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Published on April 9, 2019
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2 posts

Cherri Bradley
Apr 10, 2019
She will be missed!
Denisa Ramsey
Apr 09, 2019
My condolences to Donald and family. Bettie was a wonderful lady and she always made me feel good when I talked to her. She was always kind to me .