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Shirley Flowers

January 12, 1935 ~ July 13, 2023 (age 88) 88 Years Old


Shirley Istance Flowers was born in Copdock, Suffolk, United Kingdom on

January 12, 1935, to David and Mabel (Causon) Istance.   She passed away

peacefully Thursday morning, July 13, 2023, surrounded by her family.

Shirley and her two sisters, Valerie and Christine, grew up in the countryside of

England and Wales to escape the bombings of London during WWII, and they reunited together

in London after the war. Shirley moved to Chicago in 1958 as a nanny to an editor at Life

Magazine. In Chicago, she met and married the love of her life, Gayle Flowers, on October 7,

1961. Shortly after they married, they moved to Fort Worth, Texas.  

Shirley was proud to gain her US Citizenship on February 9, 1970, but she still loved all things

British.  She enjoyed being a member of the Daughters of the British Empire and the life-long

friendships she made in that organization.  She took many trips to England to visit her

family, and she enjoyed it when her English family visited Texas.  Shirley was an animal lover,

 with a particular fondness for cats.  She was known to keep her hands busy with knitting and

crocheting, she made many blankets for family and friends. 

Shirley was a devoted wife to Gayle, and a loving mother to Cindy, Jeff, and Amy. 

After the Grandkids were born, they became the center of her life. 

Shirley was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Christine.

Shirley is survived by her husband of 62 years, Gayle; daughter Cindy Sanders and her

husband Gene; son Jeff Flowers; daughter Amy Flowers; granddaughter Sierra

Attaway, husband Travis, and their children Thea, Riley, and Luke; grandson

Justin Flowers; granddaughter Mariah Horiuchi, husband Tyler, and their son

Bennett; sister Valerie Testa and many nieces and nephews.

Special thanks to all her caregivers during her time at Elan Westpointe, they were very good to her and she adored them.  Also, thanks to Hope Hospice for their loving care.

Service Details:

When:    Monday, August 14 at 2:00 pm.

Location:  Mountain Valley Funeral Home, 3407 SW Wilshire Blvd, Joshua, TX

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In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Humane Society of North Texas or Susan G Komen Foundation.

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Memorial Service
August 14, 2023

2:00 PM
Mountain Valley Funeral Home
3407 SW Wilshire Blvd.
Joshua, Texas 76058

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