THOMASVILLE -- Margaret Clisby Powell Flowers died Monday at her home following a brief illness. As one of Thomasville's most beloved citizens, she worked to promote education, cultivate a sense of history and maintain the rich surroundings in her hometown.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today at the First Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church Playground Fund in memory of Flowers.

A life-long native of Thomasville, Flowers is remembered by friends and family as a selfless and gracious woman, always willing to give of her time and talents.

Tom Hill, curator of the Thomas County Museum of History, remembers her for her generosity. Flowers was a founding member of the Thomasville Cultural Center, serving as one of the earliest presidents of its Board of Trustees. She also served as president of the Thomas County Historical Society.

"She was a wonderful lady in every sense of the word," Hill said. "She was president during some of our darkest days when things weren't going so well. She helped us out of some tough times."

He said the museum and the historical society benefitted from her good works.

"She was one of those people who had done everyone a favor," Hill said. "It was good to see her work, because when she called people, usually they owed her about 15 favors already. She was so generous of her time. She was a wonderful lady, and we'll miss her."

Flowers was instrumental in the founding of Brookwood School in Thomasville and served on OTS board of trustees. Janet Liles, who worked with her through the board, said Flowers was devoted to the school.

"To me, she is the epitome of a Southern woman. She gave her heart and soul to Brookwood," Liles said. "She was always thinking ahead. And with her children and grandchildren, she always put them first before herself.

"Whatever anybody needed, she did it. There's no way to put in words what she's done for this community."

She was named Thomas County's Woman of the Year in 1981, served as chairman of the Thomasville Town Committee of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America and was an active member in the Rambler Rose Garden Club.

"No matter where you saw her, she always said hello and asked about you and your family. She was a very nice lady," said Marge Willis, a member of the Thomasville Garden Club.

She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church her entire life and served as the church's first female deacon. For the church's 150th anniversary in November, Flowers chaired a writing committee THAT compiled and presented "Saints and Sinners Vol. II, 94," an updated church history, to the congregation.

Flowers is survived by her husband, Langdon Strong Flowers, to whom she was married for almost 60 years, and children Peggy and Scott Rich, Langdon and Mandy Flowers, Libba Flowers, Dorothy and Ron Swinson and Jay and Kim Flowers.

Her grandchildren include Charnie and Max Beverly, Scott and Shayna Rich, Margaret Rich, Maggie and Jimmy Clifton, Lang and Sandy Flowers, Craig Flowers, Boyd McKinney, Celeste and Mose Bracey, Cara McKinney, Sarah Swinson, Julie Swinson, Hayley Swinson, Ross Swinson, Jack Flowers, Davis Flowers, Chase Flowers and Hampton Flowers. Four great-grand children are Max Beverly, Rich Beverly, Anne Clifton and Clara Clifton. Mrs. Flowers is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. Harry T. Jones, Jr. (Celetta Powell Jones) of Thomasville and Mrs. Frank T. Lemmon (Georgia Powell Lemmon) of Davidson, N.C.

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