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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

When Faye Flowers was in her mid 70s, she'd been doing good things for others as long as she could remember. But she needed a sign from God to figure out what to do next.

The Oklahoma native, who turns 90 in October, had already spent hundreds of hours of her life making pretty dresses, out of things like drapes and sheets, for little girls in impoverished countries. She's made hundreds of finger puppets for kids at Children's Hospital to help ease the pain of having their fingers pricked to draw blood.

When a friend told her about a nursing home resident who had a habit of picking at the threads in her clothes, Flowers stepped up.

“Well, I started making aprons and oh, my lands. I made them come clear down to the floor so they could tuck them in and keep themselves warm,” Flowers said. “I put on them pockets with big buttons, strings of beads, rabbits with fur, just stuff they could do with their hands.”

And for years, Flowers has been collecting things she buys at thrift stores and garage sales — little stuffed animals, baby dolls, toys. She knows the right days to shop thrift stores to get all the best deals.

Since the '80s, Flowers and her daughter Diane have donated these items to Feed The Children. The items are then shipped to needy people around the world during medical missions. Flowers also uses donations and her own money to sew 50 little girls' dresses and 50 tote bags for women for every mission trip Feed The Children embarks on. The tote bags have become so popular, they're known as “Faye Bags.”

But Flowers wanted to go along on a mission trip. At the age of 75, she inherited a small sum of money and thought about using some of it to join the medical team from Feed The Children on a mission.

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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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