Avis Marshall Phelps

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Avis Marshall Phelps
AIKEN - Avis Marshall Phelps, 89, went to be with her Lord on June 28, 2014. She was cared for at home by her family and Agape Hospice and died of natural causes. Daughter of the late Floyd Marshall and Ruth Goodale Marshall, Avis was born in Ilion, New York, but was raised in Rocky Point, Long Island.
She attended Columbia Bible College in South Carolina, then married Clinton Phelps of Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1946. After moving to Patchogue, Long Island, they raised their family of five daughters.
In 1967 Avis and Clint moved upstate to enter Christian ministry full time. This included caring for children with special needs and pastoring a church in Greenville, New York.
In 1996 they retired to Aiken, South Carolina to be near family and continued to be active in ministry at Grace Church of Aiken.
Avis was predeceased by her sisters, Shirley Bennett and Vi Hazard, her brother, Wayne Marshall, and grandchildren, David Watson, Joy and Rachael Doster, and Ruthie Cook. She is survived by her brothers, Rev. Harry Marshall, Dr. Verne Marshall and sister, Dale Russo. Avis is also survived by her loving and faithful husband of 68 years, daughters, Donna Cook of Aiken, SC and children, Debbie, Randy, Laurie and Tim; Beth and Doug Watson of Aiken, SC and daughter, Jamie; Laurie and Bruce Goldman of Wesley Chapel, FL, and sons, Philip and Alan; Sylvia Phelps of Columbia, SC; Sharon and Keith Doster of State College, PA, and children, Brian and Joanna. Also surviving are fourteen great-grandchildren.
Her life was characterized by love for her Lord, faithful support and love for her husband, godly mothering of her daughters, and compassion, acceptance and love for her many friends.
A memorial service will be held for Avis on July 12, at 11:00am at Grace Church, 144 Talatha Church Road, Aiken, SC. Family visitation beginning at 10:00 am will precede the memorial service.
In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations may be sent to Agape Hospice, 301 Silver Bluff Rd., Aiken, SC 29803; Wycliffe Bible Translators PO Box 628200, Orlando, FL, 32862-8200; The Jesus Film Project, PO Box 628222, Orlando, FL 32862-8222; or to Avis' husband, Clint.
Published in The Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star on July 9, 2014