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Almeta Levon Ahtone French

Almeta Levon Ahtone French, 69, of Billings, who had held a number of positions in education, died Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011.

She was born Sept. 28, 1942, to Jacob and Evelyn Ahtone in southwestern Okla. She went to school in Anadarko, Okla., before her father was transferred to Billings in 1956. She graduated in 1960 from Billings Senior High School. She was a 1962 graduate of Bacone Junior College in Muskogee, Okla., and she graduated in 1965 with a bachelor of science degree in health, physical education and recreation from Rocky Mountain College. In 1977 she received a master of science degree in school guidance and counseling from Eastern Montana College.

She taught in public schools in Wolf Point and at Havre Junior High. In 1979 she was an outreach counselor for the Upward Bound Program, multi-cultural instructor for the Teacher Corps Project, director of Indian Career Services, and Native American Studies director for Eastern Montana College.

In 1980 she was selected as education specialist for the Bureau of Indian Education Programs. She supervised the Title One Program, Special Education Program, and was a compliance officer for the Johnson-O’Malley program, Tribal Community College, Higher Education Scholarship Program until her retirement in 2005.

In 2006 she served on the Montana Public Instruction community/school review team. In April 2007 she purchased The Gateway in Fort Peck.

Survivors include her husband, Alden Micheal French; a son, Micheal Stephen French; two grandchildren; and siblings, Marcelle Sharon Ahtone Harjo of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Deborah Jean Ahtone and Harding Ray Ahtone of Mountain View, Okla.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, at St. Bernard’s Church. Arrangements are by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.


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