- Carmen Eva Flowers, author, actress, business woman, died peacefully in Machias, Maine, Saturday, November 26th, 2016, of Frontotemporal dementia, Pick's Disease.
Carmen was born in Chapel Hill, NC, on July 29, 1953, to Charles E. Flowers Jr. and Juanita Bays Flowers, both predeceased, of Birmingham, AL. She graduated with a BFA from University of NC, Chapel Hill, and pursued a life-long career in theater and television. She moved to New York City in 1981 where she became a successful commercial actress and began her career as a professional spokesperson.
During her acting career, Carmen was a spokesperson for the Sony Corporation, introducing the first Handycam to the United States. She was one of the first spokespersons for Nutrisystems hosting a television show called "Weight-loss Today." She was an anchor for the Travel Channel and the voice for countless radio and television commercials.
In business, Carmen was the founder and co-owner of Liebert Recording Studio, an audio postproduction studio in mid-town Manhattan, working with clients such as HBO, NBC, Comedy Central, J. Walter Thompson, and CBS.
As an author, Carmen co-wrote a book about defining your own legacy, "Grave Expectations, Planning the End Like There's No Tomorrow." (Cider Mill Press 2009.)
After living in NYC for 24 years, she moved to Lubec, ME, with her husband Vern. She became an avid Mainer and loved her new life and friends in rural Maine.
Carmen is remembered for her vibrant spirit, beautiful smile and infectious laugh. She made everyone around her comfortable. Even when she could no longer speak, her infectious smile and joyous nature captivated the hearts of all who cared for her.
Carmen is survived by her husband, Vern McKimmey; stepmother, Juanzetta S. Flowers; brother, Charles E. Flowers, III and family; god-brothers, Chris Hudson and Fitz Hudson and their families. She is also survived by many beloved and lifelong friends, including Ellie Bettle (Rhode Island), Amy Van Nostrand (NYC), Gary Richardson (Georgia), Kathy Underhill, and Brenda Aird (NC).
The ideas suggested in her book, "Grave Expectations, Planning the End Like There's No Tomorrow," are being used to organize Carmen's post-life memorial celebrations to be held December 7th 2016, at 2 p.m. in Lubec, ME, at the Lubec Brewing Company, in NYC on Jan. 3rd 2017, and a final memorial service, Jan. 7th 2017, to be held at the Unitarian/Universal church in Birmingham, Alabama.
Memorial gifts: The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration:
Arrangements entrusted to Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home in Machias, ME. Memories may be shared at www.bragdonkelley.com
Published on  December 1, 2016