ASHTABULA — Grace Louise Flower, age 87, of Arlington Ave., died Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, at Country Club Retirement Center.
She was born July 14, 1926, in Ashtabula, the daughter of Lewis Kenneth and Margaret Jane (Weight) Campbell and had been a lifelong Ashtabula resident. A 1944 graduate of Edgewood High School, she married the love of her life William Richard “Dick” Flower on August 2, 1947, at Prospect Presbyterian Church in Ashtabula.
During World War II, she worked for Ashtabula Fork and Hoe as “Rosie the Riveter” making grooves in bayonets. She later worked for Clampett’s Restaurant and Ashtabula Automobile Agency, but mostly served as the bookkeeper for the W.H. Flower Company. Grace was also an active volunteer for Ashtabula General Hospital for more than 20 years.
A long time member of St. Peters Episcopal Church, she participated in the Coffee Group. A member of the BPO Elks #208 Ladies Association, she was also active in the Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees), Ashtabula Country Club Golf League, and the Ashtabula County Special Olympics, where she and her husband were their son Jim’s biggest fans. Grace also was active as a Cub Scout and Brownie Leader.
Grace enjoyed her new friends at the Country Club Retirement Center. The staff and residents truly made her feel at home. Her love and devotion to her family will always be remembered and treasured by those who knew and loved her.
Her survivors include her five children, Kenneth (Debi) Flower of St. Louis, Mo., David (Cookie) Flower of Cincinnati, Jane (Dave) Chaney of Carmel Valley, Calif., Ann (Mike) Monckton of Prunedale, Calif. and James Flower of Ashtabula; 14 grandchildren, Katie, Nathan (Megan), David and Andrew Flower of St. Louis, Mo., Cari, Anne and Julie Flower of Cincinnati, and Brendan, Conall and Dylan Jones, Marc Chaney and Lia (Chaney) Stoffers, Marian (Monckton) Ikeda and Marchal Monckton, all of California; five great-grandchildren, McKayla and William Aiden Flower, Addisyn and Cassidy Lucas, and Kaleigh Flower, all of St. Louis, Mo.; and three siblings, Mary Ellen Pelyhes of Ashtabula, Kenneth Earle (Pat) Campbell and Bonnie (Tom) Pocza of Ashtabula.