Oklahoma octogenarian devotes time, money to bringing smiles

Faye Flowers, 89, of Oklahoma City, has devoted much of her life to helping others in need by bringing them gifts of love — from aprons to tote bags and stuffed animals. Flowers took that spirit with her when, at 75, she started joining Feed The Children mission trips to other countries.
by Heather Warlick Published: April 28, 2013
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“Do you believe in divine healing? I've never seen too much of it but I do believe in it,” Flowers said. “I sat there and I said, ‘God, if I'm supposed to go on this trip, if I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing, would you heal me a little bit?'”

Not long after, she noticed that a painful skin condition she had on her scalp had cleared up. More impressive, however, was the fact that an aching hernia seemed to all but disappear over night.

That was the sign she was looking for.

She signed up for a trip to Guatemala and was amazed that God seemed to be with her even on the long plane ride — her normally stiff and painful joints seemed to spring back to youth and she was able to keep up with everyone on that trip.

“I jumped up out of that seat and I kept up with them long-legged men,” Flowers recalls. Since then, Flowers has been on nine such trips, bringing dolls, clothes, little purses filled with simple grooming items, toys and other items to impoverished children and adults.

“These kids, in their whole lives, they've never had a toy,” she said. “Well their mamas and grandmas haven't either.”

Motivation

The looks of gratitude on the faces of those she helps are all the thanks Flowers needs. She's seen tears in old women's eyes when they are given a doll or a teddy bear. She's seen the amazement on a woman's face when she was given a set of teaspoons.

When asked what motivates her to keep working so hard for others, Flowers shrugs. She's never done things any other way.

“I really don't know why I do it,” she said. “It just makes me happy to make other people happy, especially when you see people so destitute they've never been given a thing in their whole lives.”

by Heather Warlick
Life & Style Editor
Since graduating from University of Central Oklahoma with a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism, Staff Writer Heather Warlick has written stories for The Oklahoman's Life section. Her beats have included science, health, home and garden, family,...
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