Obituary of Ardith (McQuinn) Phelan |

Obituary of Ardith (McQuinn) Phelan

Ardith passed away at Spring Hill Manor in Grass Valley on Aug. 10, 2016. She celebrated her 95th birthday with family, on March 30 of this year.

She was the first daughter of George B. & Anna (Einer) McQuinn, born in Bend, Oregon on March 30, 1921. The family eventually moved to California and settled in North San Juan in the early 1930’s. They lived there for more than 30 years. There were five more children born in this McQuinn family that are deceased, three sisters: Lois Azevedo, Betty Zobel and Katy Waechter and two brothers, Gerald & “Sunny Boy” McQuinn. One additional sister, Margaret Karlstad currently lives in Sacramento.

Ardith, and her husband, “Jack” Phelan, had several long-term friendships with families from the North San Juan Ridge and the Grass Valley/Nevada City areas. Often, these “locals” came from several generations of Nevada County residents. Ardith and “Jack” towed a trailer for many years, with friends, to campgrounds and popular sites. Their camp fires and pot-luck dinners were the envy of many.

Ardith was known for how she paid attention to detail in her hobby work, whether it was knitting, quilting, sewing, crocheting or other crafts.

She and “Jack” were frequently canning or drying, the bounty from their gardens. They were products of the depression and were continually finding new ways to reuse and preserve things.

She is survived by her son, John (Irene); daughter, Anna Phelan; two grandsons, Richard (Cathy) and Jeffery Phelan; and two great granddaughters, Meaghan and Kelley Phelan. During one period in their lives, Ardith and “Jack” had 26 nephews and nieces.

A celebration of Ardith’s life will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Friday, Aug. 19, 2016 at the Hooper & Weaver Chapel, 459 Hollow Way, Nevada City. Reception will follow. She will be laid to rest with her husband, Jack, at St. Patrick Cemetery with a private family ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Foothills in Grass Valley.

God Bless Her.

Arrangements are under the care of Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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