Dr. Norman Frame of Ada, beloved educator, husband, father, and brother, died early Friday morning, June 13, at the Norman Regional Hospital with several family members at his side. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 16 at 10:00 a.m. at the Ada First United Methodist Church with Rev. David Daniel officiating. Burial will be at the Rosedale Cemetery. Funeral services are under the direction of the Criswell Funeral Home.
Dr. Frame is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, three daughters, Tracy Frame Marino, Bixby, Holly Hawk and husband Rich, Norman and Maridon Moon, Dallas, four grandchildren, Tara Richardson, Megan Marino, Adison Hawk and Carson Hawk, two great grandchildren, Abigail and Adalyn Richardson, two brothers, W. H. “Skeet” Frame and wife Vivian, Bill Frame and wife Debbie, a sister-in-law, Joan Frame, all of Checotah and a host of distant relatives, friends and former colleagues.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Horace and Fannie Frame, his son, Scott, and brother, Bob Frame.
Dr. Frame was born in Checotah, OK on Dec. 21, 1933. He graduated Checotah High School and attended a semester at Oklahoma Christian College which at that time was in Bartlesville, then he earned his bachelor’s degree at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah in 1954. He continued his advanced education by earning his master’s degree in education in 1959 at the University of Oklahoma and in 1963 was awarded a doctorate in elementary education, also at the University of Oklahoma.
He began his teaching career at Ft. Hays Kansas State University in Hays, KS. He moved to Ada in 1964 and taught 33 years at East Central State University. He served as director of elementary education before he retired in 1997. He also taught elementary school methods courses in mathematics, reading, language arts and elementary curriculum. Dr. Frame made many presentations to professional groups in the state and has had numerous articles published in both state and national professional journals. Over the years he has been involved with several Ada civic projects. He was a member of the Ada First United Methodist Church.
Dr. Frame was a well respected educator and that respect was evident on Nov. 3, 2013 when a number of colleagues, friends and family members gathered on the East Central campus to witness the unveiling of a commemorative bench at the Frank R. Crabtree, Sr. Honor Plaza. Dr. Frame’s commemorative bench joined approximately 30 others.
Contributions can be made to the East Central Foundation in memory of Norman.