Elton Black & Son Funeral Home

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Gladys Mae Phelps

September 15, 1924March 22, 2020

Gladys Mae Phelps, age 95, of Northville, Michigan; passed away on March 22, 2020. A shining example for all of us of how to Love and be Loved!

Beloved Wife of 64+ years to her late husband Keith; daughter of the late Robert and Frieda Irving; dear mother of Keith Jr. (Kathleen) Phelps, Kurt (Laurie) Phelps, Kerry (Becky) Phelps, Kathy (Steve) Maczko; dearest grandmother of Keith III (Colleen) Phelps, Kyle (Jaime) Phelps, Courtney (Jon) Robinson, Brandyn Phelps, Leanne Phelps, Michael Giovanni, Chelsey (Ryan) Duggan, Amy (Ryan) Denier, Sarah Maczko; and greatest grandmother of Victoria and Nicholas, Antonio, Nora and Chloe, Lennon and Dylan; and sister of the late Delores Irving.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made in honor of Gladys to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Wounded Warrior Project, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association or Michigan Humane Society.

Well-deserved memorial to follow :)


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Barry Ryan

April 1, 2020

When we first met I assumed I was but a "noone" to you, as the husband of a niece. How wrong that thinking was as to you, and your husband, I was family and you welcomed me. Always and in all ways. Fast forward many years and somewhere along the way I was your "boyfriend". That guy that sat with you, held your hand, and stole you from the others just to talk and smile. I love you and miss you and will not forget. I cry for you are gone and, yet, I smile for the memories.

Hally Ryan

March 31, 2020

My Aunt Gladys gave us quiet wisdom, gave her love freely and shared her love of life and energy with all of us. Anyone that entered her presence automatically knew she was one special lady. She was brave, fun and classy. While I am profoundly sad, I am also very much at peace because I know she lived her life to the fullest and would not only want, but expect us to do the same. Follow her example and you shall never be disappointed in your life or yourself.
My love and support go out to my amazing cousins, their families and all that grieve her passing.
I have so many wonderful memories. Thank you for the support and love you gave me since day one! God speed, Aunt Gladys!
Hally Ryan

Kathy Maczko

March 29, 2020

There are too many memories to list here. As her daughter, I can only share that I was blessed to have the best mom on earth.

We laughed together, cried together and there were times when we took our neutral corners, but NEVER was there a time when I didn't feel loved and forgiven.

Mom, I miss you more than words can express but I know there will be a day when we are together again.

All my love,

Linda Mayfield

March 29, 2020

I met Mrs. Phelps in 1971 when I moved into her neighborhood, three houses away. Her daughter, Kathy, was the same age and in the same grade as I was. We quickly became fast friends as we soon discovered we had so much in common. We were like sisters, emotionally and physically growing up together. Mrs. Phelps was like a second Mom to me. She was always smiling, sweet, calm and wise. Mrs. Phelps always had good food, good fun and sage advice for a teenager!

We are never prepared for death . While death is inevitable, it is difficult and painful to accept. Kathy, Kip, Kurt and Kerry, my deepest sympathy and love go out to each of you. I pray that your memories of your Mom will comfort you, lessen your grief and keep her presence close to you. Furthermore, during this difficult time, I hope you all feel and are comforted by the love of those who care about you and cared for your Mom.

It was my honor and privilege to have known Mrs. Phelps. When God greeted her in heaven, He surely said,
“Job well done my good and faithful servant, well done”.

Barbara White

March 28, 2020

My heart is still as I try to accept the loss of Aunt Gladys. She was one of the most joyful and loving people of my entire life. When she was near, everything seemed right with the world. The memories span many decades, and they have all become more sacred than ever. I will love her for all time. May she rest in eternal peace with our Lord.

Julie Rohr

March 26, 2020

Mama Bear was part of my life for decades and I always knew how much she loved and was loved by all.

Because of her intervention and persistence, she brought my BEST friend back into my life and it is a gift that will last forever.

Know Gladys that you will always be missed and never forgotten.

I love you.