Genevieve Eileen Flowers, 86, of Greenville and formerly of Fillmore and Nokomis, died at 9:05 p.m. on Friday at Garden View Care Center in Chesterfield, Mo.
Services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Fillmore Baptist Church, with the Rev. Ernest Flowers officiating. Burial will be in Glendale Cemetery, Fillmore. Visitation was held from 5-8 p.m. on Monday and from 10 a.m. until time of services on Tuesday at the church. Memorials: Alzheimer’s Foundation.
Mrs. Flowers was born on Feb. 1, 1922, in Lawton, Okla., the daughter of Johnny D. and Audry Mabel Bailey Beeson. She married Creole U. Flowers on Sept. 14, 1940, in St. Charles at the courthouse; he died in 1992.
In her youth, her family moved to Brownstown, where she grew up. He graduated from Brownstown High School in 1939, attended Eastern Illinois University and graduated from Greenville College in 1960 with a bachelor’s degree in education.
After her marriage, her family moved to Brownstown, where she and her husband reared their children. She began teaching during World War II, teaching in Brownstown until 1948, and moved to Fillmore, where she taught at Fillmore Cloverleaf School, Sandy Bend School and Fillmore Elementary School. In 1960, the family moved to Nokomis, and she taught at the North and South Elementary schools until 1988, when she retired after 38 years in education. Her husband retired in 1984, and they moved to the lake north of Greenville, from which Genevieve commuted to her teaching job for the last four years. In retirement, she enjoyed fishing, boating and traveling.
She was a former Cub Scout leader, member of the Illinois Retired Teachers, a member of Fillmore Baptist Church for many years and most recently a member of First Christian Church in Greenville.
She is survived by sons, C. Duane Flowers and his wife Linda of Chesterfield, Steven Flowers and his wife Judith of Indianapolis, Ind., and David “Tad” Flowers and his wife Diane of Greenville; grandchildren, Tammy and her husband Dr. Mark Rose, Tadd Flowers and his wife Josie, John C. Flowers, Patrick Flowers and Dustin Flowers; great-grandchildren, Gabriel, Jackson, Jasmine and Henry; brother, Doyle Beeson and his wife Barbara of Casey; and sister-in-law, Oleta Beeson of Chicago.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brother, Merle Beeson.