Anna Mary Flanagan

Anna Mary Flanagan went to be with the Lord from her residence at Highgate Senior Living on Feb. 22, 2018 in Billings, Montana of natural causes. She was 80.

Anna Mary Flanagan was born on Oct. 16, 1937 in Lewistown, Montana to Frank and Mary (Tucek) Cecrle. She grew up on the family farm south of Kolin, Montana with sister Dorothy, and brothers Wayne, Dean and Dale.

Anna Mary graduated from Moccasin High School “Chiefs” in 1955, participating as class officer, annual, paper staff, drama, cheerleader, and and majorette. She received her elementary education teaching certificate in 1958 from the Eastern Montana College of Education and taught grade school until she met and married John W. Flanagan. They were united in marriage in Hobson, Montana on Dec. 28, 1960. They moved to the Antelope House until their house was finished at the ranch south west of Hobson. Anna Mary lived there until moving to assisted living in 2016.

Anna Mary was a hardworking house wife, mother, tireless volunteer and loving grandmother. She was very active in the community, leading religious education classes, 4-H, active in the school system and participated in every aspect of the community. She would knit something for everyone. With the help of DeeDee, every graduation and birth had an afghan. The fact she had more yarn than clothes to go out in says a lot about her.

Anna Mary had a passion for birds and flowers. She had many bird feeders which she kept full all year long and protected her pheasants and grouse with a strong hand. Her love for flowers was known by many as she prepared arrangements for any occasion. She also spent many hours in the yard, planting trees and tending to her flower planters and pots.

Anna Mary is survived by her husband, John; sister, Dorothy Berry; brothers, Wayne and Dale Cecrle; children, Kim (Denise) Kaupish, DeeDee Flanagan, Rick (Bonnie) Flanagan, Bill (Heather) Flanagan and Tayna (Shanlyn) Flanagan. Grandchildren include Zeb, Zale, Zoie, Amber, Zachary, Audrey, Quade, Colter, Conner and Ryan. Anna Mary had a special place in her heart for her nieces, Kathy, Nancy, Gloria, Becky, Wendy and Susan and nephews, Brad, Brian, Mike and Tim.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mary Cecrle; brother, Dean; and niece, Wendy.

Vigil and Rosary will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday evening March 1, 2018 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 100 2nd Ave. E, Hobson, Montana, with viewing at 6:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m., Friday March 2, 2018 at St. Leo’s Catholic Church, 102 W Broadway, Lewistown, Montana; Rite of Committal at Mount Calvary Cemetery. Following the graveside service, a luncheon will be held at the Hobson Senior Center. Any donations can be made to the St. Jude Children’s hospital.

Arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Anna Mary’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com.

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