The world lost a wonderful person when Mary Louise Phelan joined the saints in Heaven on October 31, 2019. Born and raised in Ottawa, Ontario, Mary Lou spent her early childhood years on Brighton Avenue in Old Ottawa South. As a child, she enjoyed swimming and ice skating and spending summers with the family at their cottages on Round Lake and Kazabazua. After graduating from Ontario Ladies College and Glebe Collegiate, she studied and became a registered nurse and worked at Ottawa Civic Hospital, Pearly Hospital and the Victorian Order of Nurses. In 1960 she married Mike Phelan and they had three children, who became the center of her world. In 1965 they immigrated to the United States eventually settling in Clancy, Montana, which remained her home for the last 46 years of her life.
Mary Lou had a lot of interests including painting, quilting, board games, bridge, travel that took her all over the world, dedicated study of the Bible, aerobics with her friends and keeping up with her 8 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Mary Lou was a long-time member of the First Assembly of God Church in Helena and spent many summers at Glacier Bible Camp in Hungry Horse with friends. She always wanted to be around friends and family and will be forever remembered for her wit and infectious laugh, which often could be described as “laughing hysterically” once she got going.
After raising her children, Mary Lou went back to school and became a licensed practical nurse. She worked at St. Peters Hospital, with Dr. Jesse Marcel and at Hillbrook Nursing Home in Clancy until her retirement. She also spent time volunteering as a Hospice nurse.
Mary Lou is survived by her husband of 59 years Mike, brother David Smith (Claire) and children Susan Phelan, Philip Phelan (Cherie) and John Phelan (Michelle). She is also survived by her grandchildren Aimee, Lukas (Zoe), Michael (Cortney), Savannah, Megan, Madeleine, Tara and Marie and her great grandchildren Jayceon, Jamari, Arthur and Emma. She was preceded in death by her parents Alexander and Margaret Smith and her brother William Smith.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday November 25, 2019 at St John’s Lutheran Church, 1000 Helena Avenue, Helena, Montana. A lunch reception at the church will follow. Interment at Forestvale Cemetery will follow at 1:30 pm for those able to attend. Memorials can be given to Hospice of St. Peters (201 S California St, Helena, MT 59601), Helena First Assembly of God – Kids to Camp Scholarship Fund (2210 Dodge Avenue, Helena, MT 59601) or a charity of your choice. Please visit aswfuneralhome.com to share a memory of Mary Lou.