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Charlene Volkers Phelps
Birth: Aug. 3, 1929
Benton Harbor
Berrien County
Michigan, USA
Death: Sep. 30, 2012
Tulsa
Tulsa County
Oklahoma, USA

Phelps, Charlene V., 83, homemaker, died Sunday. Services pending. Moore's Southlawn. (Tulsa World)
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Charlene Volkers Phelps found peace on September 30 after an extended illness. She was 83. Charlene was born August 3, 1929, the adopted daughter of Frederick and Elnora Volkers. Growing up on a farm in western Illinois, Charlene helped with chores, cared for the farm's two horses, Richard and Red, and raised Angus steers for show in livestock events in Chicago. She attended Northern Illinois University (then Northern Illinois State Normal School) in DeKalb, Illinois, earning a teaching degree.

In 1951, Charlene married Robert Phelps, whom she met her freshman year of college. The couple lived in Aurora, Illinois, and had two children, a son, Brad, and a daughter, Cheryl. When the family moved to Oklahoma in 1966, Charlene continued to teach physical education within the Tulsa Public Schools system at Anderson and Nimitz junior highs. She retired from teaching to help her husband run his heavy equipment business.

Charlene loved to read, and her dry sense of humor was always a source of amusement. She was adventurous, taking her family on an Alaskan cruise and a trip by mule train into the Grand Canyon, and she had many friends within her "birthday group," which celebrated the passing of years with special dinners.

Charlene was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her brother, Frederick. She is survived by her two children, three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. A memorial service will be held at John Calvin Presbyterian Church, 8181 E. 31st Street, Tulsa, at 2 p.m. October 5 (visitation is at 1 p.m. at the church). In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or to John Calvin Presbyterian Church. (Moore's Funeral) 
 
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 Parents:
  Frederick Christian Volkers (1887 - 1970)
  Elenora E. Hanna Volkers (1894 - 1989)
 
 Spouse:
  Robert Alan Phelps (1929 - 2010)
 
Burial:
Memorial Park Cemetery
Tulsa
Tulsa County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: Section 49, Lot 103, Space 6
 
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Record added: Oct 01, 2012
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