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Ruth Geneva Phelps

Ruth Geneva (Sell) Phelps, 97, of Prescott, AZ, passed away at the Marley House Hospice in Prescott on Dec. 27, 2012 after suffering a stroke on Dec. 25th. She was born March 27, 1915 in Silver City, IA to Lowell & Ruth Sell and was the second oldest of eight children.

Geneva married Walter Phelps on Feb. 20, 1935 & resided on a farm southeast of Glenwood. They retired & moved to Prescott, AZ in 1979. Geneva was an active homemaker involved in her community & church. Geneva & Walter enjoyed traveling together. She also did crafts, sewing projects & numerous other hobbies throughout her life. Walter preceded Geneva in death in 2007. They had shared a long & wonderful 72 years together.

Also preceding Geneva in death were her parents, sister, Maxine Roenfeldt & husband Bernard, brothers; Ercell Sell & wife Deltha, Dale Sell & wife Delores, Duane Sell & wife Ruth, Vern Sell & sister-in-law, Betty Sell. Survivors include two daughters, Jane DeLashmutt of Prescott, AZ; Judy & husband Tom DeLashmutt of Geddes, SD; 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren, 2 brothers; Ed Sell of Malvern, IA; Floyd Sell & wife Mary of Omaha, NE; sister-in-law, Helen Sell of Tabor, IA; numerous nieces, nephews, extended relatives and many friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at the Hillsdale United Methodist Church in rural Glenwood at a later date for both Walter & Geneva Phelps.

Memorials may be made to the Hillsdale United Methodist Church.

Visitation:Thursday, January 10, 2013
12:00 PM

Service:Thursday, January 10, 2013
12:00 PM

2 Condolences

  • Tammy Thieschafer Roenfeldt Posted January 12, 2013 12:00 am

    Jane and Judy, I remember your mom and dad fondly when I was growing up in Hillsdale. They were such a lovely and friendly couple. I am reminded of a picture of your parents and mine out for an evening of dancing in Omaha. Wonderful memories. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families.

  • Les Johnson Posted January 14, 2013 12:00 am

    Walter, Geneva, and girls were special neighbors and friends. Jane, her cousin, Jim Sell, and I made up our entire class at “Little Brick” country school and we remained close through graduation from Glenwood High. Judy & Jane played guitars and sang together at our “Hi, Neighbor Club”. Some years later Walter & Geneva flew their plane to one of our Rockwell City Fly-In Breakfasts and we enjoyed the surprise visit. The girls have that special attractive smile that both parents had. Our thoughts and memories go out to Judy & Jane and their families.

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