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Obituary: Irene Kinsler Phelps, 79


Mrs. Phelps was the widow of Dr. M.D. Phelps, Jr., the mother of Adair Countian Mary Phelps-Hathaway, and an active member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Jamestown, KY
Irene (Renie) Kinsler Phelps, 79, died in the early morning Saturday, April 19, 2008.

A Jamestown resident since 1989, she was married to Russell County native, Dr. M.D. Phelps, Jr. who predeceased her in 1999.

She was born in Philadelphia, PA, February 27, 1929.

She is survived by five children: Mary Phelps-Hathaway, Columbia, KY; Mark Douglas Phelps, Basking Ridge, N.J.; Nancy Jane Phelps, Jamestown, KY; John Kinsler Phelps, Shady Side, MD; and Matthew William Lucas Phelps, Groton, MA, and five grandchildren.

Mrs. Phelps, a registered nurse, had lived in Europe and traveled the world, having fulfilled a lifelong dream by visiting the Holy Land in recent years; and vacationing in the Caymen Islands this spring with her two daughters.

She was well known as an active member of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Jamestown, where she sang in the choir. She also volunteered at the church thrift shop.

Daughter Nancy wrote: Her loving, fun spirit will live on in so many people whose lives she touched. She truly was a selfless woman who cared so greatly for others and lived her entire life of service. Her love for her children, grandchildren and many friends was unconditional in every way.

Visitation will be Tuesday, April 22, 2008, at the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Jamestown from 5pm to 8pmCT.

Funeral services will be conducted at the church Wednesday, April 23, at 11 amCT, with burial to follow at the Phelps Family Cemetery.

Donations in her name can be sent to the Holy Spirit Catholic Church Music Fund; and the Lake Cumberland Childrens Advocacy Center in Jamestown, where she was a member of the board of directors.
This obituary was made possible through the support of Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, established in 1926, located one block off the Square at 200 Campbellsville Street in Columbia. To reach David and Cathy Martin, phone 270-384-2149, or E-mail: Large enough to serve comfortably; Small enough to serve personally.


This obituary was made possible through the support of Stotts-Phelps-McQueary Funeral Home, established in 1922, located at 210 Greensburg Street in Columbia. To reach Louis and Brenda McQueary and Richard and Mary Beth Phelps, phone 270-384-2145, or call our 24-hour community obituary information line, 384-6999. E-mail: Website URL: Friends you trust, caring for people you love.
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