Ava Rose Flanagan was born Sept. 2, 1925, in Canton, to Una Mae McLemore and Paul Tilman Mann. The Lord called Ava home on Nov. 16, 2021.
Ava grew up in Canton. She graduated from Canton High School in 1942 and attended business school in Dallas. Her first job was in the film industry, where she met Emma Estelle Flanagan. Emma had a son serving in the Navy overseas and she encouraged Ava to begin writing him. Over eight months and countless letters later, Thomas Richard (Dick) Flanagan and Ava established a friendship that blossomed into the love of her life. Ava and Dick married on Jan. 1, 1947. They had two daughters, Paula and Cathy. Ava had a true servant’s heart and worked as a church secretary for more than 50 years. She retired at the age of 81. Ava was a godly woman with unwavering faith.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Irby, H.C., John Paul, Jerry, Jean, and her husband. She is survived by her daughters, Paula (David) and Cathy (Sid), her brother Bill (Chris); her grandchildren, Travers (Mike), Staci (Elisha), Candace (Josh), and Casey, and her great-grandchildren Tucker, Carson, Britt, Brynlee, Autumn, Reagan, and Peyton.
Services for Ava were held on Saturday, Nov. 20, at Mulkey-Bowles-Montgomery Funeral Home in Denton, Texas. The family will have a private burial at Laurel Land in Dallas. Online condolences may be made at www.mulkeybowlesmontgomery.com.