Sister Grace Flowers, formerly known as Sister Grace Alexis, died on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian, Michigan. She was 89 years of age and in the 69th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sister Grace was born in Miami, Florida, to John and Mary (Hatton) Flowers. She graduated from St. Mary High School in Miami and received a bachelor’s degree in secretarial science from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian; a master’s degree in administration-education from Barry College (University) in Miami Shores; a specialist in education degree in business education from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia; and a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Sister Grace spent thirteen years ministering in education, including three years as treasurer and three years as principal at Rosarian Academy, an Adrian Dominican sponsored institution. She was a councilor/secretary-treasurer for four years at St. Rose of Lima Province and provincial secretary for three years. Sister was Chapter Prioress of the Florida Chapter for six years and Secretary General of the Adrian Dominican Generalate for six years.
Sister Grace spent eight years in the Marriage Tribunal Office in Jacksonville, Florida, as executive secretary, and also spent three years in volunteer ministry in Port St. Lucie, Florida. She ministered at Barry College (University) for one year as a business education teacher, two years as an assistant director/student advisor on the Port St. Lucie Campus, nine years as director/treasurer and seven years as associate director, both of the Treasure Coast Campus.
Sister Grace became a resident of the Dominican Life Center in 2018. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters: Catherine Marie Flowers and Margaret Minnet. She is survived by her twin sister, Sister Dorothy Flowers, SSJ of St. Augustine, Florida; her nieces; and her Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Welcome of Sister Grace will be on Sunday, March 17, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the Dominican Life Center lobby; the Wake will follow from 6:15 to 7:00 p.m. in the Rose Room. The Reception of the Body and Vigil Prayer will be at 7:00 p.m. in St. Catherine Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial will be offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Monday, March 18, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. Both the Vigil Prayer and the Funeral Mass will be live streamed. The Rite of Committal will be in the Congregation cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to Adrian Dominican Sisters, 1257 East Siena Heights Drive, Adrian, Michigan, 49221. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Anderson-Marry Funeral Home, Adrian.
Left: The Flowers sisters are, from left, twins Dorothy and Dolores (Sister Grace), Margaret, and Catherine
From left: Sister Grace Flowers, left, with Sister John Norton Barrett, 2009. From left, Sisters Marie Grace Gibney, Grace Flowers, and Jean Marie Sheridan on Reception Day, August 4, 1949
From left: Sister Grace Flowers, right, celebrates the Golden Jubilee of her twin sister, Sister Dorothy Flowers, SSJ, 2009. Sisters Sharon Weber, left, and Grace Flowers
Past Secretaries of the Congregation pose during the 2002 Gathering, from left, Sisters Rose Celeste O’Connell (1990-2016), Grace Flowers (1974-1980), Marie Wiedner (1970-1974), Kathleen Walli (1988-1990), Mary Ward (1982-1988) and Helen Sohn (1980-1982). Enjoying a leadership celebration are, standing, from left, Sisters Rose Celeste O’Connell and Grace Flowers, and seated, Sister Margaret (Marge) Naber
Sister Grace Flowers, left, with Sister Mary Pat Dewey, 1991. Members of the 2009 Diamond Jubilee Crowd are: back row, from left, Sisters Aileen McClain, Geraldine Megel, Mary Elizabeth Crimmins, Grace Flowers, Jean Marie Jeziolkowski, and Madeline Mary Dervin, and front row, from left, Sisters Thomas James Burns, Anastasia McNichols, Frances Barfield, Jane Irene Hutton, and Donna Markham (Prioress).
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