Millicent G. Phelps, 64, Watertown

WATERTOWN, NY – Millicent G. Phelps, 64, of Watertown, NY, and formerly of Felts Mills, NY, passed away Friday, August 23, 2019, surrounded by her children at Hospice House of Jefferson County at the Ellis Farm.

She was born March 7, 1955, a daughter of the late Francis Jesmore and Lois Bates Jesmore.

She married Fredrick Phelps Sr. on July 21, 1973.  Mr. Phelps passed on Oct. 8, 2017.

Millie was a housewife for a number of years before they sold Alfalfa Acres in 1982.  She then drove school bus for Carthage Central School.  Her love of travel prompted her to move equipment across the country for Bennett Motors traveling through 48 of the 50 states.

Millie was a member of the Champion United Methodist Church.  She was also a past member of Carthage Great Bend Grange, Jefferson County Pomona Grange, NYS and National Grange.

Anyone who knew Millie knew her great skills as a wedding cake decorator – making wedding cakes for many family and friends. She had a wonderful sense of humor, enjoyed calling BINGO and watching I Love Lucy. She enjoyed playing POGO on the computer and catching up on Facebook with old friends. She also had a love of penguins and putting puzzles together.

She was very proud of her children and loved spending as much time as she could with them and their families. When the grandchildren were young, she provided daycare for a number of years. Whether it was sporting events, musicals, concerts or dance recitals she wanted to be present.

Millie is survived by her children, Angela and Michael Kerry of Evans Mills, Fredrick Jr. and Sheri Phelps of Felts Mills, Melvin and Jennifer Phelps of Copenhagen; two brothers, William and Joyce Jesmore, Evans Mills, and Clyde Jesmore, Watertown; a sister, Louella Derouin, Watertown; her husband’s children, Deborah and Stanley Atkins, Carthage, Claude and Valerie Phelps, Felts Mills and Robin Joyce of Cocoa Beach, FL; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents and a brother, Roy Jesmore.

A reception will be held 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, at Champion Fire Hall with a funeral following at 7 p.m. at Champion United Methodist Church, Champion, NY. Burial will be held at the convenience of the family at Hillside Cemetery in Champion.

Her family would like to thank the staff at both Samaritan Medical Center (PCU and ICU) and Hospice of Jefferson County’s Ellis Farm for the respect and love shown for our mom. You will always hold a special place in our hearts.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that donations be made to Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham Street, Watertown, NY 13601.

Arrangements are being handled by Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc.

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