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Mary Elizabeth Phelps Abbott
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Birth: May 30, 1922
Kansas City
Jackson County
Missouri, USA
Death: Mar. 19, 2012
North Kansas City
Clay County
Missouri, USA

Mary Elizabeth (Phelps) Abbott, 89, of Gladstone, died Monday, March 19, 2012, her daughter Pat, grandchildren John and Jane were with her.

Mary was born May 30, 1922, in Kansas City the only child of James Ethern and Hallie (Stewart) Phelps. She married John M. Abbott, Jr. on Aug. 9, 1941, they were parents of two daughters and were divorced Jan. 1970.

She married Frederick H Reed of Durango, Colo. Jan. 25, 1971 at the Fairview Church in Gladstone, Mo. and moved to Durango, Colorado. Fred owned a surveying company and she worked for him, they divorced about 1972. She William 'Bill' Horther a lawyer in Durango and was his secretary and partner from 1976 until he died April 1983. In June 1983 she married Clarence Fox in Durango.

She lived in Durango, Colo. for 13 years from 1971-1984 returning to Gladstone in 1984 a year after her mother died. She loved her cat, Suzie Q.

She attended Northeast HS, she studied piano for many years at the KC Conservatory of Music. The Abbott family were charter members of the Fairview Christian Church where she was the pianist for several years. She was also a member of the Gladstone Chamber of Commerce serving on the Planning Commission. She loved gardening, and flowers especially roses. She was a wonderful cook along with being a beautiful seamstress, knitter and artist. She was an avid reader, played bridge, loved decorating, remodeling, shopping, traveling and especially politics.

Preceded in death by her parents; and daughter Mary E. Abbott Arrington; husbands, John Abbott Jr., Fred Reed and Bill Horther.

She is survived by a daughter; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
Family links: 
  James Ethern Phelps (1891 - 1976)
  Hallie Octavia Stewart Phelps (1889 - 1983)
  John Martin Abbott (1922 - 1976)
  Mary Elizabeth Abbott Arrington (1942 - 1975)*
*Calculated relationship
White Chapel Memorial Gardens
Clay County
Missouri, USA
Created by: Pat Shaw
Record added: Mar 21, 2012
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Mary Elizabeth <i>Phelps</i> Abbott
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Always a silent hurt, many a silent tear, but always a beautiful memory of one we loved so dear.God gave us strength to bear it, and courage to take the blow, but what it meant to lose one will ever know.
- Pat Shaw
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- Neil B (John 3:16)
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