July 24, 1949 - June 4th, 2011
Linda Flowers lost her final battle with cancer on June 4th, 2011 surrounded by family in her Norwalk home. She courageously fought cancer for over 17 years. Linda’s passion for people was evident by the warm smile and open heart that greeted everyone. Linda’s infectious smile, warm greeting of “Hi Darlin”, her courageous nature, strength, fortitude, her unconditional love and kindness will surely be missed by all those who loved her and certainly by the many lives she touched ever so deeply. An angel has earned her wings.
Linda was born in Boston MA on July 24, 1949 daughter of Josephine Castleberry and the late Kenneth Castleberry. She was raised in Miami FL and graduated from Palmetto High School. After traveling through Europe she returned to Miami and along with her mom built a successful retail dress business.
Linda had many adventures through the years including attending Ronald Reagan’s Inauguration and sailing on the QEII to attend Princess Diana’s Wedding. Linda enjoyed cheering on her favorite teams including the Dallas Cowboys and the NY Yankees. Linda loved celebrating the holidays especially Christmas and was the proud owner of over one hundred Santa Clauses.
Linda met her husband, Jerry in 1986 and moved to Connecticut where they married. Following in her father’s footsteps she entered the insurance industry and joined Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance. Several years later partnering with her husband, Jerry they started their own firm Capital Brokerage in Norwalk CT.
Linda was deeply involved in The National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA) the insurance industry’s only organization to strictly represent the insurance agent. Linda served as Executive Director of the Fairfield Chapter of The American Society of Financial Service Professionals 1992 to 2001 and, in 1993, accepted the Executive Directorship of NAIFA’S Southwestern Connecticut Association, serving both until 2001. In 1999, Linda accepted a role as State Executive for NAIFA-CT, a post she retired from in December 2010. Linda remained a licensed producer while becoming a staunch advocate for her industry. She has been recognized with multiple awards, exemplifying her attitude and good nature, in 2002 Linda was awarded Agent of the Year; in 2005, Linda was the recipient of the coveted Thomas J. Wolff award, NAIFA-CT’S highest honor, given for excellence in service to the Connecticut Life and Health Insurance industry. Nationally, Linda was recognized with the Jack E. Bobo Scholarship in 2004 and served for eighteen years on the NAIFA Credentials Committee and has been its co chair the past eleven years.
Linda is survived by her loving and devoted husband Gerald S. Flowers. Additional survivors along with her mother Josephine are: Kathleen Castleberry of Norwalk; Sheila Broome and her children Michael and Lynda of Roslindale MA; Kim Daly and her daughter Brielle of Melbourne FL; Craig Castleberry and his children Adam and Ciara of Scottsdale AZ ; Keith Castleberry his wife, Leslie and their son Kyle of Niceville FL; Kevin Castleberry his wife Jennifer and their son Kale of Melbourne FL and
The family would like to thank Dr. Paul Weinstein and his team at The Bennett Cancer Center for their many years of loving care.
A mass celebrating her life will take place at 1PM on Friday, June 10th at St. Matthew Church 216 Scribner Ave, Norwalk CT. Calling hours will be held on Thursday, June 9th from 4 to 8 PM at The Collins Funeral Home 92 East Ave, Norwalk CT.
In lieu of flowers please send donations to The Bennett Cancer Center, 1351 Washington Blvd, Stamford CT 06902