OBITUARY

Maria T. Phelps

August 3, 1928July 4, 2019
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Maria Theresia Phelps was born on August 3, 1928 to Morris and Theresia Unterseher in Thannhaun, Germany. She met James D. Phelps, Jr. while he was stationed in Germany from 1951 to 1952, after which she came to the United States and they were married on February 27, 1953 in Nashville. She and James would both remain in Nashville. Preceding her in death is her husband, James who passed away on November 14, 2003; her parents; and twin sister, Hilda Boucher (in Kansas) December 17, 2009; another sister Rosi Leopold (in Germany) May 13, 2019. Surviving is her daughter, Lore Phelps; son, James Phelps; grandson, Michael (Holly) Phelps; two great granddaughters, Mailey and Carly Phelps; a great grandson, Michael Camden Phelps-Hilton; brother-in-law, Jack (Mary Ann) Phelps; and several nieces and nephews. Also surviving in Germany is her sister, Erna Unterseher; brother-in-law, Toni Leopold; nephew, Willy (Sabine) Leopold; and a great niece, Jessica Leopold. Family was first and foremost in Maria's life. She loved each and every one of them greatly. She also deeply loved and appreciated her church family very much. She attended Park Avenue Baptist Church for many years, and was a long-time member of the Temple Bible Class, of which her husband, James, was the founding member. Since February of 2005, she has been a member of Bellevue Baptist Church. Maria worked most of her life as a homemaker. She took care of her children, and spent many hours attending to her vegetable garden that she and James had. She also worked at Bellevue High School in the Cafeteria for over 17 years. She retired in May of 1988. A gathering of family and friends will be on Sunday, July 7, 2019 from four o'clock in the afternoon until seven o'clock in the evening at Woodlawn-Roesch-Patton Funeral Home. A Celebration of Life will be on Monday, July 8, 2019 at eleven thirty in the morning in Woodlawn's Dignity Hall with Pastor Larry Wakefield officiating. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Services

  • Gaithering of Family and Friends Sunday, July 7, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Monday, July 8, 2019
  • Committal Service Monday, July 8, 2019

Memories

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Gail Escue

July 8, 2019

Maria was one of the strongest women I know but she possibly never knew her own strength. I am amazed that as a young woman she left her country, family and everything familiar to start a life here. Maria loved us, her family, with her whole heart and she taught me many things over the years. I love and respect her so much. Our hearts are broken today as we say goodbye for now. I know she is celebrating with JD and so many other friends and family members who have gone before. We know we will see Maria again one day.....Until then, we will keep you close to our hearts! You will me missed..... Love, Gail

Julie Dozier-McCrary

July 6, 2019

I was blessed with meeting Maria in her later years. She always had smiles and love for me, and I truly loved her. She will always hold a special place in my heart.

Diane Bain

July 6, 2019

Great memories of Maria. She was always there when you needed her. She was a great friend . Loved her and she is going to be missed by so many. Praying for the family.

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