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Nadine Lindquist Flinders

Obituary for Nadine Lindquist Flinders

September 20, 1917 - March 30, 2016
San Antonio, Texas | Age 98

Loving Mother, Wife and Teacher

Obituary

Nadine Lindquist Flinders, a 17-year resident of the Air Force Village system, and a resident of Freedom House, peacefully crossed over into eternity on March 30, 2016. She was 98 years old.

Nadine was Oscar and Lydia Lindquist's only child, born in Estherville, Iowa and raised in Spirit Lake. She first met her future husband, Dale Flinders, at a high school state music contest. They'd been born and raised within two weeks and sixty miles of each other.

They met, yet again, as college students at Morningside College in Sioux City. Dale recognized Nadine when he saw her from a passing street car. They both graduated from Morningside College in 1939; Nadine with a Bachelor of Music Degree with an emphasis on voice.

Nadine shared one date with Dale, and then they were separated by fate: Dale to teach high school science in Burma, and Nadine to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester NY, where she received her Masters of Music degree in 1941, majoring in Performance and Literature with an emphasis on voice.

In 1943 they were married and she and Dale moved to Boston. When Dale was reassigned to Burma in '44 with the British Infantry, Nadine continued her music teaching at what is now the University of North Texas. It would be three years before they were reunited after the war, in Japan, where Dale was assigned.

As the wife of a career Air Force officer, Nadine followed her husband to Japan, Washington DC, Morocco, Spain, Vandenberg AFB, Sunnyvale CA, Washington DC (again), Massachusetts, and Scott AFB, Ill. At each new home, she became active in the officers' wives club, the local scouting organization, and in organizing and directing chapel choirs. She provided voice instruction and piano accompaniment for professional vocalists, and encouraged her own children to achieve musical proficiency on their chosen instruments. In California she enjoyed her gardens, and in Massachusetts, she enjoyed combing local shops for antiques. She was a dedicated mother to her sons. Well into her '90s, she regularly attended music performances and, as recently as three weeks before her passing, she attended her regular church service and joined in the singing, sometimes forgetting the lyrics but never losing her beautiful voice. Music was who she was, and it brought her the greatest joy. It is her grand piano that's in the Freedom House great room, donated when her husband was a resident.

After retirement from the Air Force, she and Dale traveled the world – taking the Trans-Siberia Railroad from China to Moscow; up the Volga River to St. Petersburg; two trips down the Yangtse River in China; several trips to India, Burma and Thailand; to Germany, Denmark, England, Ireland, Isle of Man, Peru, Tibet, Hawaii, and many visits to Alaska.

Nadine was a lifetime member of the Mu Phi Epsilon Professional Music Fraternity and, in 2012, was honored for her 75 year membership in the organization, having joined the Phi Zeta Chapter in Morningside College in 1937.

Nadine is survived by her son, Val and his partner, Patti, of Anchorage, Alaska; and her son Bradley and his wife, Nancy, of Taos, New Mexico. She is survived by five grandchildren whom she adored: Kacie Sandoval and Kyle Flinders, both of San Antonio TX; Monica Flinders of Maui, Hawaii; Shanna Flaten of Morro Bay CA; Alexandria Flinders of Kodiak, Alaska; and nine great-grandchildren, who brought her the greatest joy simply by being happy little ones.

Mrs. Flinders was preceded in death by Col. Dale Flinders, her beloved husband of 65 years.
We rejoice in the knowledge that they are again together, happily exploring the celestial heavens and the "forever" they promised to each other.

Her family wishes to thank the compassionate people of Liberty House, the Care Center, Freedom House, the Mission, and Hospice for the kindness and dedication with which they cared for Mrs. Flinders as her health declined and her care needs became increasingly complicated.

It is requested that, in lieu of flowers, you celebrate Nadine's life by sharing some ice cream with your loved ones. It's a simple pleasure, one Nadine enjoyed even into the last chapter of her long and happy life. May God speed you on your way, Nadine Linquist Flinders. Until we all meet again.

Services for Mrs. Nadine L. Flinders will be held Wednesday, April 6th 2016
9:30 am Graveside service and internment at Fort Sam Houston Cemetery
1:00 pm Memorial service at High Flight Chapel, Blue Skies Over Texas
Reception and Ice Cream Social immediately following

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