Thursday, March 24, 2011

Mae Helen Flowers, who served generations of students, dies at 79

    Mae Helen Flowers, who several generations of Ole Miss students remember from Kiami Bowling Lanes, died recently. Her obituary, from the Coleman Funeral Home website, is reprinted below.
    Mae Helen remembered everyone, and if she didn't remember you she would pretend she did. She offered up hamburgers and advice to students who would return long after they had graduated. When I stopped by Sen. Trent Lott's office a couple of times to visit students who were interning for him, one of the first questions he would ask is "How is Mae Helen these days?"
    She will be fondly remembered by thousands. (Thanks to Ed Flemmons for the photo, wherever he got it from!)

Lula Mae Helen Flowers, 79, died Thursday, March 17, 2011 at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Oxford, MS.

Born in Sardis, MS, Ms. Flowers had lived most of her life in the Oxford area. Affectionately known as “Mae Helen”, she was employed at Kiamie’s Bowling Lanes for 45 years. She was a favorite of Ole Miss students and local young people for her laughter and the care she gave them. Ms. Flowers enjoyed painting, writing, and considered people her project. She was a member of Harrisonville MB Church.

Visitation will be held Thursday, March 24, 2011, 12:00 noon-2:00 p.m. at Coleman Funeral Home with funeral services following at 2:00 p.m. in the Coleman Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. F. C. Kelson will officiate. Interment will be in the Harrisonville MB Church Cemetery, Hwy. 6 West, Oxford, MS. Coleman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Dale Flowers of Oxford, MS; one sister, Marie Flowers of Milwaukee, WI; two brothers, Leroy Flowers, Jr. of Atlanta, GA and Bobby J. Flowers of Phoenix, AZ; one grandchild and two great-grandchildren.

Her parents, Leroy and Ella Flowers, and two brothers, Roosevelt Flowers and J.R. Flowers preceded Ms. Flowers in death.

Memorials may be sent to Dale Flowers, 109 Red Rose Lane, Oxford, MS 38655 for distribution.

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