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Marion Rebecca Phelps

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Marion Rebecca Phelps 1903-2008 BENNINGTON Marion Rebecca Phelps, 104, of West Street, Bennington passed away at home on August 8. Born in Dublin, N.H. on Dec. 19, 1903, daughter of Luke and Jennie May Desrosiers Richardson, she attended Bond's Corner Elementary School in Dublin and Peterborough High School until contracting diptheria at the age of 15. Because of the severity of the illness she was not able to return to school. She married Fredrick Windsor Phelps Jr. on May 1, 1924 and spent the first three years of married life in Peterborough, then moving to Saline, Mich. where she lived on Merilake Farm in Lodi for 34 years. After Fred's passing on January 7, 1961, she returned to Dublin and lived there until 1993 when she fractured her hip. She then made her home withi her daughter in Bennington. She was a member of the Dublin Community Church and later attended the Bennington First United Methodist Church. Marion loved farm life with its many activities, and she enjoyed simple pleasures. She worked hard raising a family, keeping house, gardening, sewing, canning and cooking. She loved crocheting and making kitchen towels for relatives and friends, as well as crafting several beautiful quilts and hand sewn potholders. She often talked of how people helped each other so much back on her days at the farm, and was somewhat overwhelmed by life today, remarking that things were "going too fast." She leaves her beloved daughter, Charlotte M. Schaefer; son-in-law, Mel Schaefer; a sister, Jeannette Walker; grandchildren Roger Phelps, Thomas and Annette Phelps, Scott and Marcie Schaefer, Lori and Scott McVeigh; former granddaughter-in-law Marian Schultz; great-grandchildren, Christoper and Colleen Schultz, Kelly and Randy Dailey, Michael and Donelle Schultz, Nicole Phelps, Tameson Taylor, Ryan Scott McVeigh, Ashley Melissa McVeigh, Tyler Schaefer and Hayley Schaefer; great-great-grandchildren, Kaitlin, Logan, Devin, Megan, Aleesha, Gregory and Dominic. In addition to her husband, Marion was predeceased by her son, Allyn H. Phelps; his wife, Norinne; a brother, Harland Luther Richardson; and sisters Anna Doris Davis and Helen Scribner. FUNERAL NOTICE: A graveside memorial service in Dublin, N.H. will be held at the convenience of the family. The aides and nurses of VNA & Hospice of Southwestern Vermont Health Care gave loving care as well as dignity to Marion in her final days at home. "And then one day I'll cross the river, I'll fight life's final war with pain. And then as death gives way to victory, I'll see the lights of glory and I'll know He lives. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, All fear is gone! Because I know He holds the future, And life is worth the living just because He lives!" Contributions in Marion's memory may be made to VNA and Hospice of SVHC, c/o Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main Street, Bennington, VT 05201. The family has entrusted arrangements to the care of Hanson-Walbridge Funeral Home, 213 West Main Street, Bennington, Vt.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 9, 2008
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