Walking On -- Caroleen "Carol" Rita Phelps
Caroleen “Carol” Rita Phelps
Nov. 8, 1942 – March 8, 2017
Tribal Elder Caroleen Rita Phelps, 74, was born on Nov. 8, 1942, in Portland, Ore., to Carl Oswald and Nettie Eve (Smith) Phelps and peacefully walked on on Wednesday, March 8, 2017.
Growing up in Portland and Newport, Ore., she graduated from Newport High School in 1961. Carol worked hospitality for the family owned motel business in Newport and for the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. in Portland.
Loving God, family, friends, her pets, horses, music and singing, she will be remembered for her big smile and joy of life. Carol especially enjoyed walking along the beach and collecting rocks with the Newport Agate Society.
Carol was of Native American ancestry including Rogue River, Paiute and Chinook. She was a proud member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. She also descended from Oregon pioneers who traveled the Oregon Trail arriving in 1847 and 1851.
She is survived by her two sisters, Jolene Bean of Portland and Jackie Brenner of Gresham, as well as three generations of nieces and nephews, including Sandra Stone of Beaverton and Brian Bean of Happy Valley.
Carol’s family wishes to express a special thank you to her friends and loving caregivers at Cornerstone Care Home in Portland, where she resided for the past 15 years.
A viewing was held on Friday, March 17, at Gateway Little Chapel of the Chimes in Portland. A funeral ceremony was held at a graveside service in Lincoln Memorial Park in Portland on Sunday, March 19, followed by interment and a memorial.
Resting beside her parents; together in Jesus’ loving arms for all eternity.