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Audrey Louise Phelan


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Audrey Louise Phelan Obituary
May 5, 1927 - October 9, 2017 Audrey Phelan passed away peacefully surrounded by family in her home in Woodland Hills. Having just celebrated her 90th birthday, Audrey had a full rich life that took her from Massachusetts to California, Van Nuys to Malibu to Ventura. Audrey was the youngest of 5 children born in Dorchester, MA, to Alice and Frank Ball. Her siblings, Alice, Muriel, Bernice and Robert all preceded her in death. Married at age 20 to Paul Phelan, the young couple set out for Alaska. They got as far as Santa Monica, CA, where they grew to love the warm weather and beach life. They also shared a love of singing and were members of Barbershop/Sweet Adeline Choruses for years. Audrey and Paul moved mid-life to Paradise Cove in Malibu and enjoyed many idyllic days on the beach, on the Pier, and at the Sand Castle. While she spent many years without her beloved Paul (who passed away in 1979) Audrey found comfort in the ocean, beautiful sunsets and a close circle of neighbors and friends. Here she swam everyday regardless of temperature. Competing in a team triathlon was a proud moment for her. Her work life included working as Assistant to the Dean of Pepperdine Law School from which she retired. As a longtime community member of Malibu, her volunteer life ranged from reading with school children, Meals on Wheels, President of Women's Republican Club, Our Lady of Malibu Church Guild and Malibu Adamson House and Museum. She spent many happy days here as a docent telling so many of the rich history of Malibu. After 30 years in Malibu, at age 80, Audrey moved to Ventura Marina Harbor. Her last year was spent in Woodland Hills with her oldest daughter Kathi. She lived here comfortably still reading the paper everyday, watching CNN, debating politics with all who listened and still enjoying her glass of wine. Audrey was gracious, giving, kind, resourceful,, strongly-opinionated with a wicked sense of sarcastic humor and highly regarded by all who knew her. And even after 70 years in California, she never lost her distinct Boston accent. She will be truly missed. Audrey is survived by her four daughters: Kathi Castillo (David) of Woodland Hills, Linda Johnson of Anaheim, CA, Jenny Rivera (Ruben) of La Mesa, CA, and Joanne Gregory (Nick) of Cambridge, MA. She had five grandchildren: Amy and Paul Castillo (Katrina), Roselinda Wong (Eric), Nellie and David Rivera, and a great-granddaughter, Mallory Wong. Mass will be held Friday, Nov. 10, 10:30am at San Fernando Mission, 15151 Mission Blvd., Mission Hills, CA, with Interment to follow at Mission Cemetery where she will rest next to her beloved Paul. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Adamson House Foundation, P.O. Box 291, Malibu, CA 90265 ([email protected]).
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Nov. 5, 2017
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