Betty Phelps

August 25, 1932 — August 21, 2019

A funeral service for Betty Phelps of Titonka was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at Good Hope Lutheran Church, Titonka. Visitation was 5-7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23, at Oakcrest Funeral Services, Titonka. Burial was in Good Hope Lutheran Cemetery.

Betty Ann (Ricklefs) Phelps was born on Aug. 25, 1932, in rural Titonka, the daughter of Harry and Tressie (Spear) Ricklefs. She grew up and graduated from Titonka High School. A highlight of her high school years was competing in the Band Festival in Mason City where she won the queen title. Following high school, she attended Business College for a couple of years.

On Aug. 15, 1954, Betty was united in marriage to Leroy Phelps at the Good Hope Lutheran Church in Titonka. Betty and Leroy lived in Kansas for a short time, where Leroy was stationed in the United States Army. After his discharge in 1955, the couple farmed north of Titonka for the rest of their married life. Betty and Leroy were known to do everything together, from square dancing to farming and everything in between.

She enjoyed many things in life including cooking, baking, sewing, fishing and camping. Betty and Leroy took each grandchild on his or her own special camping trip with Grandma and Grandpa. She also enjoyed wintering in Texas. In her later years, she enjoyed quilting for Lutheran World Relief. Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were her pride and joy. She loved attending their activities, and many games and cards were played over the years.

Betty died on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, at Kossuth Regional Health Center, Algona. She was 86.

Betty is survived by her children, Gary (Ann) Phelps of Titonka, Doug (Laurie) Phelps of Titonka, and Kevin (Laura) Phelps of Shawnee, Kan.; grandchildren, Justine (Lane) Jahn, Tyler Phelps, Janel (Chris) Cocherell, Scott (Miranda Combs) Phelps, Jacob Phelps, Sam Phelps and Alex Phelps; great-grandchildren, Isaac Jahn, Eliza Jahn, Adelaide Jahn and Audrey Cocherell; sister-in-law, Loretta Ricklefs; brother-in-law, Merle (Margaret) Phelps, and many nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leroy in January of 2001; brothers, Harold (Mildred) Ricklefs, Vernon (Darlene) Ricklefs and Melvin Ricklefs; and sister-in-law, Ruth (Joe) Kolar.

Online condolences may be left at

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