Cook-Walden Funeral Home

6100 North Lamar, Austin, TX


Flora "Nena" Willis

October 13, 1927September 2, 2020

Flora Willis, residing in Pflugerville, Texas, passed away September 2, 2020, at the age of 92.

She was born October 13, 1927 in Athens, Tennessee, daughter of Allie Bohannon and Amanda Wade Bohannon.

Flora moved to Austin, Texas with her husband Jack in 1953, where they raised their five children.

Flora obtained employment and retired at Sears and Roebuck where she was a PBX operator for 25 years. She and her husband were married for 62 years and resided in Austin in the SAME home for 61 years. She stayed very busy during her life helping raise the family, including her love for cooking, sewing, and quilting. She was known for having great desserts when you stopped by.

Flora is preceded in death by her loving husband, Jack M Willis, Sr.; mother, Amanda Bohannon of Austin; sisters Irene Tomblin of Floresville, Texas, and Polly Pool of Manchaca, Texas.

Nena, as she was known by her grandchildren and many others, was survived by her sister Barbara Ullery; son, Jack Willis, Jr, and wife Sharon of Thorndale, Texas; son Larry Willis and wife Barbara of Waco, Texas; son Michael Willis and wife Teresa of San Antonio, Texas; daughter, Sandi Day of Hutto, Texas; son, Paul Willis and wife Pam of Cedar Park, Texas; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.

The family sends their deepest love and appreciation to the owners and staff at the Spanish Oak Assisted Living home in Pflugerville, Texas for the passion and care they provided to Flossie, as she was known as.

A special thanks to the staff at Heart to Heart Hospice in Austin, Texas for the great care and visits they provided.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday, September 8, 2020, at 11:00am at Austin Memorial Park, 2800 Hancock Dr, Austin, Texas.

In leu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020

  • Graveside Service

    Tuesday, September 8, 2020


Flora "Nena" Willis

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Sherrie Krause Palan

September 8, 2020

I have fond memories of being at your home, and growing up on Irma with you all. Your mom always made anyone feel welcome. I am so sorry for your loss.

Sandi Day

September 7, 2020

I’ll miss you mom more than you could every know. Being the only girl out of 5 kids, I always felt like you were my best friend. I loved all of our marathon phone calls and shopping trips. I loved sharing our recipes with each other. You were such a great grandma and my kids, Brian and Amy were so lucky to have had you in their lives. Some of the best advice you ever gave me was the note(that I still have) that you left on my dresser. It said”Do your best and God will do the rest”. You were truly the best mom I could ever ask for. I love you mom!

Michael Willis

September 6, 2020

For all that knew her, Mom was a great person, a very special person, far better than any of us could ever be.
She treated us all the same, but all different in her own way. She let us be whoever we wanted to be whatever that might have looked like. I think we were all successful in our own way thanks to her.
As I look back, I was very troubled, seemed like I was always in some type of predicament, but she always kept me positive and in the right direction, either with her words or other methods.
She told me one thing, the one thing I will always remember, "I don't care what you do, just work hard, do your best, and I will always be proud of you.
Mom opened her home to anyone and everyone. She never met a stranger. She just wanted to be sure everyone was taken care of and had what they needed.
Mom had a "gift", I always called it "the gift of gab". All of us kids had a least a little bit in us, some more than others. It was a great thing and help mold us to who we are today.
I want to just offer special thanks to Phillip and the folks at Spanish Oak Assisted Living in Pflugerville Texas for the care and compassion they gave our Mom the last few years.
Mom will truly be missed by everyone that knew her. When Dad passed, our goal was to give Mom the best we could and I think we did that. We love you Mom! Son, Mike Willis.


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