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Lois May Higgs Phelps


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Lois died in Redding, Connecticut surrounded by her family on April 29, 2012. Lois was born in Sacramento, California on May 21, 1927. She attended Sacramento High School where she met her life-long sweetheart and husband, Pharo Alfred Phelps, “PAP”.

Lois graduated from San Jose State University in 1950 in Library Science and from John F. Kennedy University in 1982 with a Masters in Career Counseling. Lois was a mother, librarian, credentialed teacher, and board certified career counselor. Lois extensive volunteer work included Alumnae Resources, YWCA, The Wellness Community, and many libraries.

Lois is survived by 3 children and their spouses: Andrew & Barbara Phelps of Santiago, Chile, John & Rachel Phelps of Los Altos, California, and Dr. Jennifer Phelps & Dr. Frank Hermantin of Redding, Connecticut; 9 grandchildren: Dr. Edward Phelps, Michael, Marina, Sonnet, Hannah, Isabella, Olivia, Sebastian and Pharo Thomas; and sister Betty Gene Higgs Muck of La Jolla, CA. She was predeceased by her husband Dr. Pharo Alfred in 2004 and eldest son, Pharo Thomas in 1999.

The family will hold a memorial service and inurnment alongside PAP at the US Naval Academy, and suggests memorial contributions be made in her name to The Cancer Support Community, 3276 McNutt Ave., Walnut Creek, CA 94597.

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