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Blue Funeral Home (Marion)
Wednesday November 25th, 2020

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Cynthia Kay Phelps

Cynthia Kay Phelps, 70, of Marion, received her wings on Saturday, November 21, 2020.

Cynthia was born in Kankakee on January 8, 1950 to Avon Oakley Saltzgiver and Della Anita (Patnaude) Saltzgiver.  Cynthia was united in holy matrimony to John Thomas Phelps, Jr. in Kankakee and to this union were three children.

She is preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Avis Arseneau and Blanche Schrempf; brothers, Frank Saltzgiver, Terry Saltzgiver, Avon Saltzgiver, Jr., Edward Saltzgiver and Jack Saltzgiver; infant siblings Lillian and Donald; mother in law, Kathleen Phelps and father in law, John Thomas Phelps, Sr.; nieces, Denise Brown, Ruthann Rust, Diana Corona, Brenda Seibert and Dan Schrempf.

Cynthia leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband, John Thomas Phelps; her loving children, Tammy (Bill) Jones of Johnston City, Rebecca (Mark) Ferguson of Herrin and John (Grace) Phelps of Johnston City; grandchildren, Mark Douglas Ferguson, Ashely Ferguson, Autumn Ferguson, Morgan Ferguson, Ryan Jones, Michael Phelps, Destiny Phelps, Allison Jones and Denasia Phelps; eight great-grandchildren; brother in law, Jerry Schrempf and her brothers, Valentine Saltzgiver, Ronald Saltzgiver and Jim Saltzgiver.

Cynthia was an amazing friend, daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She was a deacon at First Christian Church in Marion.  Cynthia was a big part of the church’s youth group and Sunday school.  She never met a stranger, she always had an open door, coffee and good conversation.  Cynthia took everyone that needed it under her wing and she was “Mema” to all the kids she met.  She loved crafting, sewing, decorating, listening to Shania Twain, church, but most of all, spending time with her family.  Cynthia will be missed by many.  May her memory be a blessing.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 10am at Blue Funeral Home in Marion.  Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery.  Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 from 5pm-8pm at the funeral home.

Due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, those attending the service are asked to maintain social distancing guidelines and wear a face mask. 

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I miss you, Momma, and always will. No matter how old I get, there are still times I want my mother. You made a blessed impact on so many people and all are missing you. If I can accomplish in my lifetime, half of what you did in yours, I will consider myself fortunate. To have you as a mother, mentor and supporter ( my biggest cheerleader ) was a bright light in my life.You and Dad gave my siblings and me a wonderful childhood that i will always cherish. l miss you more than anyone can ever know, but I am happy that you are no longer in pain. Rest in peace, Momma.

Tammy Jo Jones May 9 2022 6:03 PM