The Pryor Times


August 6, 2013

Obituary- Flood

Graveside services for Gretchen Flood, 99, Pryor, are 10 a.m. Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013 Fairview Cemetery, Pryor. Pastor Ray Gwartney will officiate.

Flood was born June 8, 1914 in Lowery to George and Effie (Franklin) Hughes. She died Aug 4, 2013.

Her father worked in the oil fields and during the succession of moves, she attended schools in Lowery, Adair, Okmulgee, Muskogee Stilwell and Cherokee County. Shewas a 1932 graduate of Stilwell High and was Valedictorian of her class. She received a scholarship to Northeastern State College and at age 19 she was granted a two-year state certificate to begin teaching. Her first teaching assignment was at Lowery School, where she had first attended school. Next, she taught two years at Caney and in 1937 she moved to Mayes County to teach at Lone Chapel. While at Lone Chapel she met and married William Howard Flood on Dec 27, 1937.

After teaching two years at Lone Chapel, Gretchen taught at these rural schools: Bald Knob, Hazel, Pleasant View, Salina and Cole. She continued to advance her education while teaching others. In 1942 she received a degree in Elementary education, with a minor in Spanish. Flood received her Master’s Degree in 1961 from Tulsa University, the same year her son, Tom, finished high school. In 1954 she began teaching at Pryor and in 1957 she was given the opportunity to teach Spanish as well as some other classes. In 1976 she was selected Teacher of the Year but since she was retiring the honor went to another teacher. Gretchen continued to substitute teach after her retirement.

She was active in several civic organizations including Pryor Business & Professional Women, Friends of the Library, Pryor Garden Club, Kappa Kappa Iota, Rebekah’s, Mesa Redondo, Oklahoma Educators Association, National Educators Association, Retired Teachers Association and Grand Valley Hospital Auxiliary. In 1982 Gretchen was honored as The Pryor Business & Professional Women “Woman of the Year” and Pryor “Citizen of the Year” in 1990.

Flood was often called upon to translate by doctors in the area. She also taught English to Spanish speaking students. She enjoyed traveling and made rips to El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala, Alaska, Hawaii (with her grandsons, Mark and Michael) and Europe.

One of her favorite quotes was, “Some Teachers Say—We, the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much for so long with so little, we are now qualified to do everything with nothing.”

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband William Flood; two brothers Jim and Ethmer Hughes; andthree sisters Mildred Coleman, Savola Swanson and Wanda Hollis.

She is survived by two sons Bill Flood and wife Sue of Pryor, Tom Flood and wife Toni of Lebanon, Ill; three grandchildren Mark Flood, Michael Flood and Stephen Flood; great-grandchild Madden Hughes Flood; nieces and nephews; past students; and  manyfriends.

In lieu of other remembrances, donations can be made to Gretchen Flood Scholarship Fund % Kappa Kappa Iota, 1801 Brookfield Terrace, Pryor, Oklahoma 74361

 The family will receive relatives and friends  6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Aug 6, 2013 at Stephens Memorial Chapel, Pryor.

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