Obituary – Anne Marie Phelps
Funeral services will take place April 27 for Anne Marie Phelps, who died April 22 at Alameda Hospital, Alameda, Calif. She was 73.
Anne was born April 10, 1931, at Los Angeles, Calif., to John and Mary (Adalian) Charshafian. She attended Washington High School at Gardena, Calif. While working at Hoffman Corporation she met and married Arthur “Ed” Phelps in 1952. In the 1950s they had two children, Armen Edward Phelps and Annette Mary Phelps. During the 1960s Anne was a prominent artist in the Los Angeles area. Her work, mostly oils, was shown in many festivals and competitions. She also enjoyed singing with big bands in Southern California.
In June 1968 Ed and Anne moved his real estate business to South Lake Tahoe, and in 1970 Anne began working for the Lake Tahoe Unified School District. She started as a noontime supervisor at Al Tahoe Elementary School. In a few years she transferred to Sierra House Elementary and continued as a special education aide. As an aide teacher she learned sign language to communicate with some students better and she always brought her artistic abilities and love of music to the classroom. Her knowledge of nature and Tahoe area history often found its way into the curriculum. When she retired in 2001, she had taught under 12 main teachers and was the senior aide in the district.
She was a member of art societies at South Lake Tahoe, Gardnerville and Carson City. She loved to work in the areas of tole painting, air brush, acrylics and water color. She was a member of the local quilting group, who made the Tahoe AIDS quilt that was sent to Washington, D.C. Throughout her life she was a loving mother and taught her children to think of others. She was a member of Sierra Community Church. The last year and a half of her life was spent with her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren in Alameda.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Armen and Nayree Phelps, and grandchildren, Ani, Armen and Aleen Phelps, all of Alameda; brother, Richard Charshafian of South Lake Tahoe; and sister, Viola Watts of El Cajon, Calif. She was predeceased by her husband, Ed Phelps, and daughter, Annette Griffin.
Funeral services will begin at 11 a.m. April 27 at Sierra Community Church, 1165 Sierra Blvd. Interment will be at Happy Homestead Cemetery.
Arrangements are by McFarlane Mortuary.