Betty Marie (Englund) Phelps

MARQUETTE, MI – Betty Marie (Englund) Phelps, age 91, of Negaunee, Michigan, passed away Friday, June 4, 2021, at home, in the loving care of her family.

Betty was born March 25, 1930, in Hancock. She was the third child of nine. When she was 15 years old her father died. Betty put school on hold to help her mother. She got her diploma from Calumet High School in 1951.

Betty was a waitress at the Bon Ton Cafe in Laurium, where she met her future husband, Harvey. The couple were married on March 14, 1953, in Laurium Michigan. They lovingly raised two sons Roger and Don. Betty enjoyed time at the beaches of Lake Superior picking agates, watching sunsets and camping. One of her passions was genealogy and tracing her family history, which she liked sharing. She looked forward to her annual family trips. Florida trips were among her favorite. Betty retired from Calumet Public Hospital where she worked for over 30 years. She often shared memories of friends and good times from there. Betty was widowed in 1983, she stayed a strong independent woman thereafter. In 2003, she relocated to Lost Creek in Marquette, to be closer to her son. She lived there until March of this year just shy her 91st birthday when she moved in with her son and daughter-in-law in Negaunee, Michigan. Betty leaves a beautiful legacy and will be greatly missed. We would like to give a special thank you to the staff of Lake Superior Life Care and Hospice.

Betty is survived by a son, Don (Katy) Phelps; daughter-in-law, Cheryl Phelps; her grandchildren, Jacob Phelps, Christine Phelps-Gregory (Matthew), Patrick Phelps; great-granddaughter, Samantha Gregory (apple of her eye); her siblings, Jean Kojola and Carol Patrick; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Englund; mother, Eva (Olson) Englund; husband, Harvey Phelps; a son, Roger Phelps; and siblings, Clarence Englund, Gerald Englund, Norma Schmitt, Dolores Fisher, James Englund, and M. Gail Gilles.

Honoring her request, no services will be held.

Interment will be made in the Lake View Cemetery, Calumet.

Fassbender Swanson Hansen Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family, where condolences may be expressed online at fassbenderswansonhansen.com.