On Sunday evening, friends and family of Patti Flores met at Frontera Audubon to tell the story of a wonderful woman and a loyal volunteer to the cause of our nature preserve. The evening is recalled by Jim Chapman, Board President and friend to the Flores family:
If you’ve been to Frontera very often over the past 9 years you’ve likely seen Patti Flores. She and her husband Charlie have not only been good neighbors of Frontera but fond supporters, as well. They have volunteered countless hours at the Visitors’ Center doing whatever tasks needed to be done, always with a smile and good cheer. Better ambassadors for Frontera we could not have asked for.
Patti died on February 9 after a 6 year struggle with ovarian cancer. Up until near the end, she continued coming to the Visitors’ Center to help out. And I like to think, the beauty and tranquility of our beloved Thicket was a help to her, as well. On May 10, we dedicated a bench, especially made by local craftsman Agustin Escanuela in honor and memory of Patti. The Flores clan was present, and Charlie was especially pleased, saying that where Patti’s bench is and will be was one of her very favorite places.
Charlie Flores relaxes in “Patti’s Bench,” a spot for all visitors to Frontera to sit and contemplate nature and the loving work of a treasured volunteer.