Sylvia Jean Phelps

January 29, 1932August 5, 2018

Sylvia Jean Phelps, 86, passed away August 5th 2018 at the Wellsprings Assisted Living in Ontario, Oregon. Services will be held at 11 am, Monday, August 13th at Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. There will be a viewing prior to the service from 10 – 11 am. Burial will follow at 1 pm PST at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Baker City, Oregon. Arrangements are under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Condolences may be made to Sylvia’s family at Sylvia was born January 29th 1932 in Baker, Oregon to Julia and Jeter Shepherd, she married the love of her life James E Phelps on Christmas Eve 1949 in Baker, Oregon. Sylvia’s career was being a loving mother and supporting wife which took her on many adventures through the years. Sylvia sadly lost her soul mate Jim in 2002. Sylvia loved playing bridge, bingo, traveling, her dogs, friends and most of all her family. Sylvia was a genuine fighter she battled Multiple Sclerosis for over 50 years. Sylvia leaves behind 4 grown children Larry (Peggy) of Payette, Garry (Val) of Council, Ken (Kathie) Fruitland and Julie of Boise, half-sister Mignon Shepherd of New York City, sister-in-law Ruthie (Bud) Crim of Baker City, seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents and loving husband. Special thanks to the caring staff of Wellsprings Assisted Living and Signature Hospice. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Sylvia’s name, c/o Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, PO Box 730, Payette, Idaho 83661.


  • James Edmond Phelps, Husband
  • Jeter Shepherd, Father
  • Julia Ann (Osborn) Shepherd, Mother
  • Larry Phelps, Son
  • Peggy Phelps, Daughter-in-law
  • Garry Phelps, Son
  • Val Phelps, Daughter-in-law
  • Ken Phelps, Son
  • Kathie Phelps, Daughter-in-law
  • Julie Phelps, Daughter
  • Mignon Shepherd, Sister
  • Ruthie Crim, Sister-in-law
  • Bud Crim, Brother-in-law
  • Sylvia also leaves behind to cherish her memory seven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

  • Brandon Deardorff, Casket Bearer
  • Dane Deardorff, Casket Bearer
  • Doug Deardorff, Casket Bearer
  • Jamie Miller, Casket Bearer
  • Morgan Phelps, Casket Bearer
  • Josh Nigh, Casket Bearer
  • Sam Davis, Casket Bearer
  • Jimmy Phelps, Casket Bearer


  • Funeral Service Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Visitation Monday, August 13, 2018
  • Committal Service Monday, August 13, 2018

Sylvia Jean Phelps

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