Harriet E. Flowers|
Born: March 9, 1927; in Mankato, MN
Died: Aug. 17, 2014; in DeKalb, IL
Harriet E. Flowers, 87, of DeKalb, Illinois, died Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Kishwaukee Hospital, surrounded by her children.
Born March 9, 1927, in Mankato, Minnesota, the first of two daughters of Harry and Ida Cooper, Harriet graduated from Mankato High School in 1945. After graduation, Harriet was accepted to the Cadet Nurse Corps program. She received her nursing training at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota, part of the Mayo Clinic Health system, and graduated with a Diploma in Nursing.
Harriet worked as a family practice nurse in Mankato for five years prior to her marriage to Floyd Flowers on May 17, 1953. After her marriage, Harriet remained at home to care for the couple's three children. Harriet resumed nursing when the couple moved to DeKalb in 1967. Harriet worked at the former DeKalb County Lung Clinic until her retirement in 1981.
Harriet was a member of the Westminster Presbyterian Church, DeKalb, where she was a member of the Church Women's Circle. Harriet was also a long-time volunteer at the Country Store, a resale store that supports the programs of the Family Service Agency of DeKalb County, the organization at which her late husband, Floyd, served as executive director for 14 years.
Harriet is survived by her daughter, Nancy Flowers (Terry McCabe); sons, Bruce (Janet) Flowers and David (Lynn) Flowers; grandchildren, Anne (Charles) Lavin, Hazel Flowers-McCabe, Tyler Flowers-McCabe, Melissa (Dan) Pepper and Matthew Flowers. Also surviving are her sister, Katherine Beyer of Mankato, Minnesota; sister-in-law, Marilyn Flowers of North Carolina; and many nieces and nephews and dear friends.
Harriet was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd, in 2009.
A cremation was held and Harriet's ashes will be scattered in Minnesota by her family. Services will be held at 1 p.m. August 30, at the Oak Crest Retirement Center chapel, 2944 Greenwood Acres Drive, DeKalb, IL 60115.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to KishHealth System Hospice, 2727 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, IL 60115; or the Floyd Flowers Family Service Endowment Fund, c/o DeKalb County Community Foundation, 475 DeKalb Avenue, Sycamore, IL 60178.
For information, visit www.AndersonFuneralHomeLtd.com or call Anderson Funeral Home, DeKalb, at 815-756-1022.
Published in Daily-Chronicle on Aug. 23, 2014