Billie L. Flanagan, 90, of Stanton, passed away Wednesday, September 14, 2022. She will lie in state Friday, September 16, 2022 at Gilbreath Funeral Home in Stanton. The family will receive friends from 4pm until 6pm Friday at Gilbreath Funeral Home, 209 N. St. Charles. Rosary service will begin at 7pm at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 405 N. Convent. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10am Saturday, September 17, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.
Billie was born August 1, 1932 in Coahoma, Texas to William Oren and Myrtle Elizabeth (Morgan) Tucker. After graduating from Courtney High School, Billie worked as a telephone operator for Southwest Bell in Big Spring when she met the love of her life, Curtis Glen Flanagan. Billie and Curtis were married March 27, 1951, in Colorado Springs, Colorado where Curtis was stationed with the U.S. Army. They soon moved with the Army to Anchorage, Alaska where their two eldest children were born.
In September 1957, Billie and Curtis moved back to Martin County and built their home on family land north of Stanton where they farmed/ranched and lived for 60 years. In 1964, Billie started work at the Martin County Courthouse where she split her days working for Judge Martin Gibson, Ag Extension Agent Billy Reagor and Home Demonstration Agent Mildred Eiland. She worked there until the late 1970s when she began bookkeeping at Long Gin.
Billie was a true helpmate to her husband in farming and ranching. Feeding cattle, helping to tend to the cotton fields and sat in the cab of Curtis’ tractor “driving” while he ate lunch or dinner. She loved fishing and spending time at their lake house on Lake Amistad. But more than anything, she loved her grandkids and great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 66 years, Curtis, her parents, W.O. and Myrtle Tucker, her brother Dewitt Tucker, sisters Margie McCormick and Nadine Wilmut, her sister-in-law, Annie Laurie Fox, and grandson, Matthew Cook.
She is survived by her son, W. Curtis Flanagan and wife Betty, of Stanton; two daughters, Liz Cook and husband Mike, of Georgetown, Texas, and Leah Flanagan, of Stanton; four grandchildren, Kara Ulibarri and husband Monty of New Braunfels, Texas, Cory Flanagan and wife Katherine of San Antonio, Texas, Jared Cook and wife Rachel of Brenham, Texas, and Sean Flanagan and wife Hali of Pipe Creek, Texas; six great grandchildren, Marlee Ulibarri, Leena Flanagan, Victoria Flanagan, William Flanagan, Olivia Flanagan, and Caleb Cook; her sister-in-law, Margaret Franks of Midland, Texas.
The family gives heartfelt thanks to Angie Aguirre, Linda Barrera, Adela Cantu, Irma Orona, Mary Vela and Nicole Wells for the dedicated and loving care given to our mother. They also want to thank Sally Poteet and the staff of the Martin County Senior Citizens Center, Trulite Home Health, and lastly, Lisa Sartain and Hermelinda Gonzales of Interim Healthcare Hospice for the meals, care and comfort provided during her illness.
Memorials may be made in Billie’s name to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org) or to the Martin County Senior Citizen’s Center, P.O. Box 1233, Stanton, Texas, 79782.
Arrangements are under the direction of Gilbreath Funeral Home of Stanton. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com
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