Wyannie Cox Flowers

Wyannie Cox Flowers, 105, of Sammamish, Washington, and a native of Olla, passed from our lives to Heaven on Friday, August 17, 2018 at her home. She was born May 20, 1913 near Olla to the union of her parents, John Alexander Cox and Rosa Lillie Hopkins Cox. Wyannie grew up outside of Olla on the family farm where she had fond memories of her rural childhood. She walked to school several miles each day, and took her studies very seriously. Despite having to manage her share of the family chores and other demands of farm life at the time, she was a disciplined student throughout. As the first person in her family to go to college, Wyannie graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1935, and later earned her Masters Degree in Education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Texas. She taught school in Louisiana, Oklahoma, and for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools (DoDDS) while on an accompanied Army posting to Trieste, Italy with her late husband Lt. Col. Warren Doyle Flowers (USA). She had known Doyle all of her life and he was best friends with her brother Arch. They started dating after they were both back in Olla after college and she was coaching basketball and wanted someone to ride along with her when she had to drive the dark country roads at night dropping off girls from games or practice. They married soon after in July of 1940. She started as a home economics teacher and the girls’ basketball coach, taking her team to the Louisiana State championships of which she was always immensely proud. Later she moved to elementary education and was one of the first Head Start teachers. She was a skilled seamstress, an excellent cook, and loved gardening. As a product of her upbringing during the Great Depression, she was always very self-sufficient and frugal. Her traits of fiscal responsibility and not being wasteful were ones that she always sought to pass down to the next generations. She came to be known as “Mimi” later in life because her name was difficult to spell and pronounce, and she enjoyed this new nickname. Her true name, Wyannie, was given to her by a local teacher in Olla, which was a custom at the time. Wyannie always loved beautiful things, dressed fashionably and set a beautiful table with pieces she collected at different places over a lifetime. With a true heart for hospitality, she loved to entertain her family and friends. Everyone who enjoyed her cooking remembers her talent in the kitchen. Her stamina was impressive allowing her to remain quite active until 102 when she fell and broke her foot, causing her to be immobile during her last 3 years of life. Despite her previously active lifestyle, she gracefully endured the limitations brought about by her injury. Throughout her life, and even in her later years, Wyannie was very social and loved to talk with friends and family. When teased one time about it by her nephew, she responded, “I guess I have always had too much to say and not enough time to say it in!” She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Flowers Meyers (Brad, deceased) of Sammamish, Washington; her grandchildren Clint Meyers, Matt Meyers (Nicolle), and Rebecca Murray (John) and her great grandchildren Jack Meyers, Lillian Meyers and Alena Murray all of Washington State; her nephews George “Butch” Pinto, Johnny Pinto, and Bobby McCartney, and her niece Connie Marie Augustine. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Warren Doyle Flowers; her parents; her brother, Walter (Arch) Cox (Vera); and her sister Marie Pinto (Al). She was an integral part of her family, and an active member of Faith United Methodist Church in Issaquah, Washington until at 102 she was no longer able to attend. Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 8, at the Olla Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Olla Cemetery. 

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