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Alice Phelps, 90, Rye Navy Veteran, Receptionist

RYE, N.Y. – Alice Frances Sullivan Phelps, an 85-year Rye resident, died Sunday, July 22. She was 90.

She was born Aug. 27, 1921, in Boston to Charles Francis Sullivan and Johanna Sullivan. After the death of her mother in 1928, she was raised in Rye by her father and his second wife, Cecile Cote Sullivan.

Phelps attended Milton Elementary School and Resurrection School. She graduated from Rye High School in 1940 and from Berkeley School in New York City. She joined the U.S. Navy WAVES in 1942 during World War II.

After her honorable discharge in 1945, she returned to Rye and married Rye native Charles G. Phelps on Oct. 22, 1946. A local firefighter, he died in 1978. She was a communicant of Church of the Resurrection in Rye and was active in many local organizations, including the Midland PTO, Resurrection Family Mass Folk Group and Rye Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.

She was also a member of American Legion Post 128, where she served as adjutant, the first female Legion officer for that post. For 20 years, Phelps worked as a receptionist for Dr. John Finnegan, a dentist, at his offices in Blind Brook Lodge.

She was a regular presence each year at the patriotic services held on Memorial Day and Veterans Day on the Village Green in Rye, selling poppies to benefit the Legion Auxiliary programs.

Phelps is survived a daughter, Robin Lynn Phelps Latimer; and a granddaughter.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Graham Funeral Home in Rye. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Thursday at Church of the Resurrection. Burial will follow at Greenwood Union Cemetery in Rye.

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