Ruth Geneva (Sell) Phelps, 97, of Prescott, Ariz., died at the Marley House Hospice in Prescott, on Dec. 27, 2012, after suffering a stroke on Dec. 25. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Hillsdale United Methodist Church in rural Glenwood at a later date for both Geneva and Walter Phelps, her late husband. Memorials may be made to the Hillsdale United Methodist Church. Peterson Mortuary in Glenwood is in charge of arrangements.
She was born March 27, 1915, in Silver City, to Lowell and Ruth Sell and was the second oldest of eight children.
Geneva married Walter Phelps on Feb. 20, 1935, and resided on a farm southeast of Glenwood. They retired and moved to Prescott in 1979. Geneva was an active homemaker involved in her community and church. Geneva and Walter enjoyed traveling together. She also did crafts, sewing projects and numerous other hobbies throughout her life. Walter preceded Geneva in death in 2007. They had shared a long and wonderful 72 years together.
Also preceding Geneva in death were her parents; sister, Maxine Roenfeldt and husband Bernard; brothers: Ercell Sell and wife Deltha; Dale Sell and wife Delores; Duane Sell and wife Ruth; Vern Sell; and sister-in-law, Betty Sell. Survivors include two daughters, Jane DeLashmutt of Prescott; Judy and husband Tom DeLashmutt of Geddes, S.D.; five grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, two brothers: Ed Sell of Malvern; Floyd Sell and wife Mary of Omaha, Neb.; sister-in-law, Helen Sell of Tabor; numerous nieces, nephews, extended relatives and many friends.