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Green Acres Mortuary & Cemetery

401 North Hayden Road, Scottsdale, AZ

OBITUARY

William Lee Flowers

January 12, 1952August 5, 2019

Bill Flowers Tempe – William “Bill” Flowers passed into the spiritual world on August 5, 2019 while doing one of his favorite things—hiking Piestewa Peak. Bill was born William Lee Flowers on January 12, 1951, in Long Beach, California. He graduated high school at 17 years of age, in Orange County, CA, and graduated from UCLA with a degree in electrical engineering. He met and joined the Unification Church in 1975 in Santa Monica, CA, and held a variety of missions in the church. He was known as a faithful brother with a keen mind, always willing to help others when needed. He was matched and blessed by Rev. Sun Myung Moon to Ronda French and took part in the Madison Square Garden wedding ceremony with 2075 couples on July 1, 1982. They have one child, Charity Ann. Although she is severely disabled, he loved her deeply, and felt it was a privilege to have the responsibility to take care of her. He worked for several years at Sun Health, and for the past eleven years, has worked in the IT department at the Mayo Clinic. They will be holding a memorial service for him also. He was preceded in death by his father Jarrot, and is survived by his mother Marilyn, and his brothers Robert and James. The service for Bill will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 17th at Green Acres Mortuary and Cemetery, 401 N. Hayden Rd., Scottsdale, AZ, 85257. Information can be found on the Green Acres website at www.GreenAcresMortuary.net where a page for Bill has been set up and condolences can be left. Flower arrangements can also be sent to the Green Acre’s address.

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, August 17, 2019
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 17, 2019

Memories

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Elizabeth Manaka

August 17, 2019

My husband and I worked with Bill for about seven years in New York. Because he was so knowledgeable about so many issues, he was the one I went to for help so many times. He was always kind and sincere. Over the years we met Bill so many times and always felt that same sincerity and kindness. He will remain with us in our hearts forever.

Celia Roomet

August 15, 2019

I was lucky to know both Bill and Ronda for many years and enjoy a deep friendship. Even though I live in New York, we had the chance to be together through visits I made to Arizona or vacations with Ronda. One time, Bill came to New York for an event and stayed in our home. Bill was always impressive, in that he gladly took every burden on his shoulders as a matter of fact and with a smile. After Ronda passed, he assumed all responsibility for the care of Charity and his devotion and love for her were unparalleled. May the love of God embrace him in his journey. My prayers are with him, Ronda and Charity.

Katrin McCarthy

August 15, 2019

Bill, just a few months ago my husband and I enjoyed lunch together
with you on our drive-thru at Tempe. It was a lovely time with some good British food in your neighborhood. It seemed like you are getting more fit. Both you and Rhonda never complained of hardships faced by Rhonda's struggle with health and the challenges faced by your daughter Charity. You worked hard to provide for the two lovely girls in your life. May you be liberated from pain in God's eternal world and be comforted by the love and hard work you invested to provide for your daughter Charity and her future. Now you will be looking out for her from above. Our prayers and love to you, Rhonda and Charity and our condolences to your Mother Marilyn and your brothers. Katrin and Keith McCarthy

Kevin Dailey

August 15, 2019

I was very fortunate to begin working with Bill in late 2008 or 2009 during a conversion project and continued a great relationship with him for the last decade. There was always comfort in working with Bill during planned and unplanned outages, as we could trust in his expertise, attention to detail, timely communication, teamwork, and the calm manner in which he approached tense situations.

Bill was always willing to learn something new...I recall him being eager to learn things like Cloverleaf and Open Engine even though (when I met him) he was working in eBiz. However, he seemed to balance his interest in learning "new" technology with staying grounded in old or vintage technology. Bill loved using his 35mm *film* camera over digital and was always eager to share his images.

I will always be honored by Bill's friendship. He was a very special man and is dearly missed.

Renee Dubreville

August 15, 2019

I worked with William throughout the years and although I was never fortunate enough to meet him in person, I felt as though I knew him. I could sense his passion for life through his passion for his work. William was super smart, he was always kind, helpful and I also enjoyed his wonderful sense of humor. My deepest condolences to all his loved ones, may you find peace and comfort at this difficult time.

Robert Davis

August 15, 2019

I met Bill through work. He is one of the smartest people I have had the privilege of meeting. His humor is unique as is he. His composure was truly amazing. His love for family was evident through all the years I have known him. He touched the lives of many outside his family.

Rob Banks

August 15, 2019

Bill was one of the kindest people it has ever been my pleasure to work with. I am grateful for having had the opportunity to do so for several years.

My deepest condolences to his family,
Rob Banks

David Rosenblum

August 14, 2019

Although I had more online correspondence with his wife, Ronda, than with Bill (who really was more guarded and private), I had the pleasure of meeting with and having a brief 1:1 chat with Bill at a Parents Matching workshop in Hayward (in No. CA) about five or so years ago. Our common base - both of us have daughters with autism.

I do remember the Flowers' love their only child, Charity, incredibly deeply and felt God was teaching how to unconditionally love through her. Bill was special himself in that he quietly - without a peep of complaint - walked the walk and worked the work in making the heavenly family conditions of blessing on behalf of his beloved wife and daughter.

On behalf of special needs families, we send our tearful prayers and offer our best along with sending our heartfelt hope for the transition and best for all the Flowers.

George Brewer

August 14, 2019

It has been many years since Bill and I worked together, but my wife and I remember him well. Bill kept our accounting straight at Saeilo Machinery for many years. He was always working to improve our systems. I remember him helping us with our first computer - an Apple IIE. Dual plastic floppy drives. High tech at the time! Bill was always helpful and showed great patience and perseverance.
We are sorry to hear of his sudden passing and know he will be greatly missed by his family and community. May his journey be smooth and peaceful.
Our Deepest Regards,
George and DJ Brewer

Bj Bevins

August 14, 2019

I was so sorry to hear of Bill's passing, we worked together at Mayo on several occasions and I never knew a kinder and more caring person. He will be greatly missed in our IT Family but know he is in a far greater place and reunited with his love, Love and Prayers for his family, Bj.

FROM THE FAMILY