In Loving Memory
February 1, 1943 – July 23, 2014
Sabine Petra Kalis Flowers, 71, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Sabine was born February 1, 1943, in Danzig, Germany, the daughter of Margarete and Hellmuth Kalis.
She met her husband, Sergeant Dennis Flowers, while working as a translator for the United Nations (she spoke four languages). They were married May 17, 1963, in Kirn, Germany. They had five children: Sheila (Michael) Johnson, Canton, GA; Amber (Kurt) Wielkens, Spanish Fort, AL; Derek Flowers, Mobile, AL; Logan Flowers, Birmingham, AL, and Simon Flowers, Mobile, AL. She was the proud grandmother of five grandchildren; Lane and Maggie Johnson and Julian, Shepard, and Sidney Wielkens.
Prior to Dennis’s retirement from the U.S. Army in 1980, the family moved often, living in Germany, Texas, California, Italy, and North Carolina, finally settling in Mobile. Sabine enjoyed the time spent raising her children until they were grown, when she began a new career as a K-3 teacher at Kingswood Creative Learning Center. She was a beloved figure there for seventeen years. In a newspaper article about her retirement, she stated, ”I have enjoyed it immensely. I’ve learned more from my children than they’ve learned from me.”
After suffering a minor heart attack, Sabine joined the cardiac rehabilitation program at Springhill Memorial Hospital. She was an enthusiastic participant in her own recovery, made all the better by the many friends she made while working out there three times a week.
Sabine loved animals. There was never a stray cat or dog who didn’t become part of the family. She also enjoyed being outdoors, taking her much-adored dog, Reggie, on twice-daily walks around her neighborhood.
Everyone who knew and loved her will miss Mom’s presence, but she will live on in our hearts forever. We will miss her accented English (which we constantly teased her for), her general flightiness (which we found endearing), and her enduring kindness and optimism (which we try to emulate). At Mom’s request, no services will be held, and her children will be scattering her ashes in San Francisco Bay. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the American Heart Association.
Expressions of condolence may be offered at www.hughesfh.com. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home and Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL.