Eve Flowers, community volunteer and organizer of the popular Flowers Sea Swim Eve, passed away Wednesday after a year-long battle with leukemia. She was 62.
“She was deeply connected to local community,” said her daughter Dara Flowers-Burke. “She was a community mom for many kids after school.”
Her son Frank E. Flowers, an award-winning filmmaker, said that while his mother’s primary focus was on her children, she was “always enterprising,” even creating her own business that she ran from her front porch: “Eve’s Tape Club.” She recorded soap operas on VHS tapes and rented them to women who missed their daily shows while at work.
“Her love of entertainment was always present,” her son said. Mrs. Flowers even starred opposite her son in the first locally produced soap opera, “A Place I Know,” for the Cayman Islands Television Network.
Frank Flowers said his mother was his inspiration for his venture into the movie industry, noting that she read and weighed in on many of his scripts and projects over the years.
While her children were still in grade school, Mrs. Flowers continued to support the family business by organizing the Flowers Sea Swim, the hugely popular annual open water charity swim.
“She was a key part of the event’s success in planning for the logistics of the event,” her son said. Mrs. Flowers was also an avid property developer and landlord for numerous apartment buildings around George Town.
She was born to Caymanian parents, Elizabeth “Bessie” Hinds and Wilbur Ravanel McLaughlin, in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1953, spent part of her childhood in Cayman, and moved back to the islands permanently in the early 1970s.
She worked as an office assistant for construction company CL Flowers and Sons, where she fell in love with Clarence Flowers’s son, Frank, whom she called her “teddy bear,” according to family members. The two were married in 1977. Their son Frank was born in 1979, and Dara was born in 1982.
She spent countless hours volunteering at her children’s school events and doing behind-the-scenes work at the theater. She became a lead facilitator of the Youth 2 Youth program, a peer prevention initiative aimed at keeping high school students from using drugs. She continued to volunteer for the program even after her children graduated from high school.
She was also a board member of Cayman Against Substance Abuse, and as a board member at the Library Redevelopment Committee in George Town, she raised money to help build a new library.
She was also an active member of the Church of God (Universal), and volunteered for numerous projects and hosted events and visiting members during conventions.
She is survived by her husband Frank Flowers, her son Frank E. Flowers, daughter Dara Flowers-Burke, and three grandchildren. There was no information on services as of press time Thursday.