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Stanlee Phelps


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Stanlee Phelps Obituary
July 26, 1943 - February 13, 2017 The world has lost an amazing woman. Although petite in stature, Stanlee had a bigger than life personality. She touched thousands, directly and indirectly, during her life. Early in her career she counseled families and teens in Ventura County as a social worker. It was during this period that she wrote THE ASSERTIVE WOMAN with Nancy Austin. At the time, it was considered a significant book for the Women's Movement in the 1970s. Even today in its 4th edition it is still relevant. On a vacation to Orange County with her husband she fell in love with Laguna Beach and never left. She was a superb executive coach who helped high-level corporate executives navigate the most difficult transitions in their lives, both professional and personal. Her wisdom and positive way of looking at problems made a huge impact on everyone she knew. For 25 years at Lee Hecht Harrison, a global talent management firm, she was a Master Coach for other coaches throughout the country. Subsequent to that she launched her own coaching company, 720 Degree Coaching, in 2014. For 40 years she was part of a group of 10 professional women who began each meeting toasting one another with pink champagne and chocolates. It was during these meetings they shared their challenges and triumphs with one another. This same group was with her just before her passing. Stanlee always looked for the positive in every situation including her own struggle with ovarian cancer. She passed peacefully at home in Laguna Beach with her husband Greg Klock and her beloved Bichon, Chase, by her side. She actively worked with the Bichon Rescue Community for many years. She was the only daughter of Henry and Connie Phelps and was named after her maternal grandfather, Stanley. When she was 1-1/2 years old her father was killed by a sniper at the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. She remained active with the Battle of the Bulge orphans through out her life. After her father's death she and her mother lived on the East Coast with various relatives until she graduated from high school in 1961. Stanlee put herself through college with scholarships and working 2 jobs. She graduated from University of Florida in Miami and received her Master's at Louisiana State University. In 1966 she moved back to California for her first job and never looked back. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to bichonfurkids.org, a dog rescue, or wiseplace.org, a women's shelter in Orange County. For more information contact Greg at (949)230-8238.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 17 to Mar. 19, 2017
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