Margaret Mitchell Flowers Wallace

Published 1:08 am Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Margaret Mitchell Flowers Wallace slipped into the arms of God on Sunday, July 1, 2012 at Hospice Ministries after a battle with cancer.

She was the first child born to James O. and Zella L. Seal Mitchell on Aug. 13, 1918 in Bogalusa. She received her nurse’s training at Elizabeth Sullivan Memorial Center. It was while she was in nurse’s training that she met and married the love of her life, Raiford Flowers. They were happily married for more than 40 years. After moving to Mississippi, she took some special classes at Ole Miss. She worked as an RN for more than 30 years at the Jackson VA Medical Center. While at the VA, she worked on special research on arthritis with one of the doctors there. After retiring from the VA, she worked part time at St. Dominic Hospital.

She and her husband, Raiford, moved to Florence, Miss. in the early part of 1975 and immediately became active members of Florence Baptist Church. After Raiford’s death, she remained faithful to her church. She loved her church family dearly. Two weeks before she became ill, she was out visiting her church shut-ins and was always available when she knew of a need. She was also a longtime member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Eastern Star Capitol Chapter No. 348, now merged with Radiant Chapter.

She is survived by her brothers, Leslie S. (Ann) Mitchell of Klamath Falls, Ore., James O. (Naomi) Mitchell Jr. of Spring, Texas; her sister-in-law, Lois Mitchell of Bogalusa; and a number of nieces and nephews, whom she loved as her own.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, Leo Mitchell of Bogalusa; and her husbands, Raiford Flowers and second husband Wesley Wallace.

All services were held on Friday, July 6 at First Baptist Church, Florence, Miss., under the direction of Ott and Lee Funeral Home of Richland, Miss. Visitation was held from 10 a.m. until time for the funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial followed at Ponemah Cemetery in Bogalusa.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Florence First Baptist Church building fund.