Dorothy Louise Gillum Phelps

July 27, 1924February 10, 2013

Dorothy Louise Gillum Phelps passed to her place in heaven on February 10, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer. Dorothy was born July 27, 1924, to Lillian Kuhn Gillum and Conaway G. Gillum in Fort Worth, where she grew up and graduated from Paschal High School. On Dec. 5, 1941, she married the love of her life, Asa L. Phelps, who served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Their first child, Patricia L. Phelps Tarola, was born in Florida in 1943 while Asa was in the service. They returned to Fort Worth where they lived the rest of their lives and raised two additional children, daughter, Linda K. Phelps Salazar, and Phillip E. Phelps. Dorothy was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was also a loved, admired and respected friend to many in her church and community. Her home was a favorite gathering place for parties and celebratory events for her family and multitude of friends. Dorothy worked as a teacher's aide and was a Meals on Wheels volunteer for over 10 years. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the National Association of Letter Carriers, and the United Methodist Women. She remained an active contributor to her church, Handley United Methodist. Dorothy loved life and people and helped create wonderful memories on which she loved to reflect. In return, she was loved by many. The family's thanks go to Ginger, Allie, Shawna, Sierra and Sharon of Community Hospice. Survivors: Daughters, Patricia Tarola of Arlington and husband, Bob, Linda Salazar of New Braunfels and husband, Vic; and a son, Phillip Phelps of Abilene and wife, Mendy. Dorothy was "Nanny" to eight grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.


  • Visitation Wednesday, February 13, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, February 14, 2013

Dorothy Louise Gillum Phelps

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Liz Murray

April 29, 2013

Our family used to live down the street from your Mom & Dad's house in the 50's. The last time my family was here we stopped by and visited with your Mom. She was go gracious & kind. She invited us in and shared stories about the old neighborhood and it seemed like no time had passed at all, yet it had been over 50 years since we lived there. I just found out today about your Mom and was so very sorry to hear. God bless all in your family and know your Mother was cherised by many.
Our prayers are with all of you.

Kara Mann

February 17, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. I sat behind your mother (and father) for years at Handley. Both of your parents were always such wonderful people. Your mom will be missed dearly. Blessings to all of you during this time.

Paula McClung Camp

February 16, 2013

Your Mom was a precious friend and neighbor! Her smiles and hugs were always such a welcome warmth each time I saw her. "Precious Memories" certainly describes her in so many ways....I send my love to comfort you and my prayers will be with you.
Blessings, Paula

February 15, 2013

I know you will miss her. Our mom's are special. Loving thoughts and prayers. Anita & George

Wiley & Sheree Glover

February 14, 2013

Dear Phil, Mendy & family-
You are all in our thoughts and prayers. We love you...

Leslee Wren Browning

February 14, 2013

Phil & family, I just found out tonight that your mom passed away. I would have come to the visitation if I had known in time. I wanted you to know that I was thinking about you & your family at this sad time. Your mom was such a sweet lady!

Nancy & Terry Boswell

February 13, 2013

We send our sincere condolences to you and the entire family in the loss of precious Dorothy. Hold all of those wonderful memories close to your heart. Love to all of you.

February 13, 2013

Linda, Patsy, Phil and all your families,
We send our love, thoughts, and prayers to help support you through this time of special grief. Nanny was a precious, sweet, and "bubbly" part of everyone's life. She will be greatly missed. Our condolences to all of you with heartful sympathy,
Susan and Robert Bradley and family

February 13, 2013

Patsy and Bob, our prayers are with you
during this difficult time. Dorothy was
such a delightful lady, always smiling.
We will have you and all the family in
our thoughts and prayers. With love, Ross & Cheryl Calhoun

Tim Temple

February 13, 2013

Janice & I were sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Every time I was in her presence I was uplifted. We know that she is in the presence of the Lord!