LACONIA Mrs. Doris E. Phelps, 94, of 30 County Drive and formerly of 460 Union Ave., died at the Belknap County Nursing Home on Thursday, May 31, 2007. She was the widow of Earle W. Phelps who died in 1971.
Mrs. Phelps was born July 5, 1912 in Quechee, Vt., the daughter of the late Joseph E. and Philomene (Poulin) Greenan. She and her family moved to Manchester where she attended grammar school. She later moved back to Vermont. She graduated from Windsor High (Vt.) School in 1931 and in 1933 she married Earle W. Phelps. They lived in Rutland, Vt. until moving to Laconia in 1952. She and her late husband owned and operated Tower Wayside Furniture Store (now Harris Furniture). For a number of years, she lived with and cared for her sister, Mildred, and later resided at Sunrise Towers.
Mrs. Phelps was a communicant of St. Joseph Church, Laconia and was a former communicant of Our Lady of the Lakes Church, Lakeport where she was a member of the Ladies Guild. She also was a member of the Swim Club at the former YMCA.
Mrs. Phelps loved to dance and loved to take photographs. She will be remembered by her family for taking photographs in her own unique style and for the great hats she used to wear to Church.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Richard E. and Gail Phelps, of Chichester, Paul W. and Mary Lou Phelps of Laconia, and Michael L. and M. Alice Phelps of Allentown; one daughter and son-in-law, Joanne T. and James Borda of Laconia; nine grandchildren; Mark Phelps of Laconia, Brenda Major of North Carolina, Lisa Phelps of Barnstead, James Borda of Concord; Paula Phelps of Laconia; Christopher Phelps of Canton, N.Y.; Todd Phelps of Salisbury; Alyza Morris of Tilton and Amy Phelps of Philadelphia, Pa.; ten great grandchildren; one great great grandchild; a sister-in-law, Martha Phelps, of Leavittown, N.Y.; two nieces; one nephew; several grandnephews, grandnieces, great grandnieces, great grandnephews and cousins. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Mildred Bourdon Slattum; by two brothers, James Greenan and Leo Greenan and by two grandsons, Scott Borda and Richard E. Borda.
Calling Hours will be held on Monday, June 4, 2007 from 6-9 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, June 5, 2007 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, 30 Church St., Laconia, by Rev. Gary Kosmowski, pastor of the church.
Burial will follow in the family lot in St. Lambert Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may also be made to the Belknap County Nursing Home Activities Fund, 30 County Drive, Laconia, NH 03246 or to the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation, P.O. Box 7312, Gilford, NH 03247-7312
Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia is in charge of the arrangements.