Betty M. Phelps, 96, passed away Apr. 17, 2016. Survived by daughter, Roxanne Padden; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by husband, Thomas F. 'Tom' Phelps; and son, John. Betty was born to George and Olive Mueller in Lincoln, Neb. on Nov. 8, 1919. She graduated with honors and a scholarship from Lincoln High in 1937. She then attended the University of Nebraska where she was a member of Phi, Beta Kappa. Betty graduated with a BA degree and honors in 1941. For two years, she was a Cryptanalyst Translator with the FBI in Washington, DC. It was at the FBI where she met her husband Tom and they were married on Sept. 20, 1943. Betty enjoyed Southwest History and Art. Her hobbies included collecting Western Art and reading. She was a member of PEO, the former Regional Planning Commission, was a trustee on the board of the Sangre de Cristo Art Center and a volunteer in their gift shop. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Interment, 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 23, 2016, at Roselawn Cemetery immediately followed by a celebration of life at her home. In lieu of food and flowers, memorials may be made direct to Pueblo Animal Services, 4600 Eagleridge Place, Pueblo, CO 81008 or Cottey College, 1000 West Austin, Nevada, MO 64772. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Thinking of you, Roxanne, and your family at this time of sorrow. Your mom was such a wonderful person and will be missed by many. I was blessed to have known her as a friend; in fact, the first time I had the privilege of meeting her was at the memorial service for her son and your brother, John.
    I worked as a secretary for John and we became good friends. To know each one of them was to love them. Now they are re-united in a far better place where there will be no tears, sadness or pain. Yet I understand the grief that you are going through at this time;but let the beautiful memories of times spent together diminish the sadness. A friend from Denver, Anita Rutter4

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