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Kathleen Flowers

April 16th, 2009

Kathleen Flowers passed away peacefully on April 12, 2009 (Easter Sunday) at the age of 44, after a courageous and inspiring four years of living with a rare form of cancer.

A native of Sunnyvale and Santa Cruz, Kathleen had a Masters degree in teaching from the University of California at Santa Cruz. She was an innovative bilingual elementary teacher, pioneering the Santa Cruz dos alas dual immersion language program. This was Kathleen’s passion and utter joy. Kathleen was also an extremely gifted writer and poet. Her poetry chapbook Call It Gladness was published in 2008, winner of the first “In Celebration of the Muse” award. She read at many poetry events in the area, and was published in many anthologies.

Kathleen had a strong affinity for nature. Although she walked softly on the earth, many of us often wondered if she drew energy from the sun – as her trademark smile was always beaming and bright. Kathleen’s vibrant personality and caring spirit uniquely touched and inspired every person she met. She will be profoundly missed. Her family has endless appreciation for the warm care and support provided by friends over the past several years.

Kathleen is survived by her husband Howard Feldstein, mother Diane O’Hearn, father Michael O’Hearn, sister Michelle Ross, brother Brian O’Hearn, and her beloved nieces and nephew.

A memorial service will be held for Kathleen on Sunday, May 3, 2009, at the Santa Cruz Progressive Baptist Church. Her family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations are sent to The Kathleen Flowers Memorial Fund (details will be posted here shortly), which will benefit the Dual Immersion and Poetry program at Delaveaga Elementary School, Poetry Santa Cruz, and WomenCare, a support center for women with cancer and their families.

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