Virginia S. Phelps, 97, of Spirit Lake, passed away Thursday, July 16, 2009, at the Spencer Hospital in Spencer.
Virginia was born on April 9, 1912, in Estherville, to George W. And Emma V. (Thoreson) Shadle.
Virginia graduated from Estherville High School in 1929, and then went on to further her education, graduating from the University of Iowa in 1933. She was united in marriage to Paul B. Phelps on May 18, 1937, in Estherville. Paul passed away on May 8, 1971.
Ginny taught English and Business in the Terril Schools for many years. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church, the Republican Women's Organization, the Retired Teacher's Association and P.E.O.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; and a brother, Francis Thoreson Shadle.
Virginia is survived by her four sons: Robert (Bob) Shadle Phelps Sr. and his wife, Sandra (Boeke), of Riverside, Conn., Paul James (Jim) Phelps D.D.S. and his wife, Judith (Rice), of San Francisco, Calif., Francis Jerry Phelps J.D. and his wife, Linda of Plano, Texas, and George William (Bill) Phelps D.D.S. and his wife, Sally (Otis), of Spencer; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the First Presbyterian Church. Online condolences may be sent to www.spiritlakefuneralhome.com
The Schuchert Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.