Rachel Leigh Flowers, our beloved daughter, sister, and friend, left her wheelchair behind and walked into the arms of her Savior on November 10, 2023, at Saline Memorial Hospital in Benton, Arkansas. Born on December 6, 1978, in Little Rock, Arkansas, Rachel's life was filled with love, happiness, and cherished memories.
Rachel had a deep love for her family. Her father and sister held a special place in her heart. She cherished the bond they shared and their unwavering support throughout her life. Rachel loved the horses, llamas, donkeys, and dogs on her family farm. The gentle way the animals interacted with her brought her joy.
Rachel loved art and music. She had an artistic soul and enjoyed painting. She loved being outdoors. Earlier in her life, she loved "hiking" with the family in the mountains of North Carolina in her all-terrain stroller. She loved to go on walks around the parks in Bryant, Benton, and Little Rock even though she was wheelchair bound.
Rachel liked to shop and enjoyed picking out clothing and other items that reflected her unique style. Among her many delights, ice cream always stood out as a favorite treat that brought smiles and laughter to those around her.
Faith played a significant role in Rachel's life. She found solace and strength while attending church at Healing Waters Outreach Center. The fellowship she encountered there empowered her spirit and provided comfort during times of adversity.
Rachel loved going to the movies. The more action, the better. Rachel enjoyed listening to others read aloud to her and seemed to especially like mysteries.
The memories we hold dear of Rachel will forever cherish our hearts. Her smiles, kind nature, and unwavering courage touched the lives of everyone fortunate enough to know her. Her vibrant spirit will continue to inspire us all as we carry on her legacy. Rachel was a fighter. She beat the odds many times when her doctors gave up hope. She is a testimony to God's sovereignty, grace, mercy, and the hope we have in Jesus Christ. She was a teacher, who taught us patience, perseverance, and unwavering faith.
Rachel's passing leaves an immense void in the hearts of those she leaves behind. She is survived by her loving parents, Jim and Susan Flowers of Bryant, Arkansas; sister Dawn Danforth and her husband Josh of Little Rock, Arkansas; brother Dr. Michael C. Flowers of Fayetteville, Arkansas; nieces and nephews Ryan and Brett Danforth and Mary Frances and William Flowers; long-time special friend Michael Johnson of Mabelvale, Arkansas; aunts and uncles: Patty and Tom Lewis, Lynn and Jeff Eastes, and Clint and Virginia Shaffer; a host of cousins; friends from Civitan; as well as many other family members and cherished friends who loved Rachel dearly.
The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to Beth Hill, her caregiver, the entire Civitan community, her physicians, and the ICU staff at Saline Memorial Hospital for their compassionate care of Rachel during and at the end of her life. Their unwavering support brought comfort during difficult times.
Rachel's family invites friends and loved ones to a visitation on December 2, 2023, at Smith -Benton Funeral Home, located at 322 N Market Street, Benton, AR 72015, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. A memorial service will follow the visitation at the same location at 11:00 AM.
Memorials in Rachel's memory can be made to Vine and Branches, P O Box 324 Benton AR 72018 or to research for Rachel's genetic disorder at https://give.stxbp1disorders.org/give/384297/#!/donation/checkout.
Though Rachel is no longer physically with us, her spirit lives on within our hearts. May fond memories of her strength, love, and laughter guide us through this challenging time. Her light will forever shine brightly in our lives as we celebrate the beautiful life she lived. Rest in peace, dear Rachel Leigh Flowers. You will be dearly missed but never forgotten.