Lives Lived: Flora Phelps |

Lives Lived: Flora Phelps

Flora Anita Phelps died Feb. 19 in Grass Valley of a heart attack. She was 73.

A funeral and memorial service with a military color guard will be at 10 a.m. Friday, March 5, at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, 459 Hollow Way, Nevada City. The Rev. Robert Steuber will officiate. Her ashes will be scattered at a later date.

She was born on Oct. 2, 1936, to Oscar L. Hawkins and Lola Flesher Hawkins. She was married in 1964 in Carson City, Nev., and later divorced.

Mrs. Phelps was an airman third class and honorably discharged from the United States Air Force. Her specialty was telecommunications.

After being discharged, she worked for Amelia Reed at Reed Hillview airport in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She was a Protestant, and she belonged to the Wildlife Foundation and the Arthritis Foundation.

Mrs. Phelps contracted severe osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis while still in her early 30s. The disease was so severe that she had to give up employment.

Those who knew her consider her a lady and one of the most courageous people they have ever known. Where others would have given up a long time ago, Flora just kept on going.

One of her last wishes was that all the wonderful and kind nurses and doctors who gave her tender and loving care be thanked publicly.

She is survived by her children, Lola Gove, Wendy (Don) Marschner and Mellisa Phelps (Clayton) Miller; siblings, Lee (Susie Warren) Hawkins, Ricky (Coralee) Hawkins, and Tinkerbell VanFossen; step-sisters, Linda, Pam and Sharon; grandchildren, Teniah Miller, Michael (Sarah) Irvine, Ember Ervine, Rachel, and Kate Marshner, Alex Alo; great-grandchildren Honey and Gunner Alo, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Arthritis Foundation.

Arrangements are by Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, Nevada City.

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