Barbara Phelps Anderson
May 21, 1919  -  September 24, 2012

Barbara Phelps Anderson

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Memorial Service
St. Andrews Episcopal Church
505 N. Pennsylvania
Roswell, NM  88201
Saturday, September 29, 2012
11:00 am
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P.O. Box 30101
Roswell, NM  88202

1307 E. College
Roswell, NM  88201

201 S. Garden
Roswell, NM  88203

Barbara Phelps Anderson

Barbara Herrick Phelps was born on May 21, 1919 in Baltimore, the daughter of Harry Perry Phelps and Julia Mitchell Muchette Phelps. Her parents moved the family to Chicago in 1923. Barbara graduated from the Hannah More Academy for Girls and Gunston Hall Junior College in Washington, DC, where she was elected senior class president. Barbara was grateful all her life for the experience of living in the nations Capitol.

Barbara transferred to the University of Chicago, where she met and married Robert Orville Anderson in 1939. In 1941 the Andersons moved to Artesia, New Mexico, as owners of the Malco Oil Refinery, which produced high octane aviation fuel for World War II aircraft. Along with the rest of the United States, Pearl Harbor changed the lives of the Andersons. In 1944 they purchased the Johnson Lodwick Refinery in Roswell and moved the family there.

Roswell could not have functioned at that time without its women volunteer workers. Barbara took care of her growing family, volunteered for community services, and made lifelong friends. She was a Girl Scout leader and Cub Scout den mother, served on boards of the Roswell Girls Club and the Eastern New Mexico Medical Center. She was a member of the Roswell Womens Club, the Morning Garden Club and the Junior Book Club.

In 1996, Barbara at last fulfilled a promise she made to her father by completing a Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA with an English Literature major. During this time she served as a member of the boards of the American Ballet Theater, Occidental College, St. Johns College, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and the New Mexico Commission on Aging.

When her husband Robert O. Anderson retired, Barbara devoted her time to twenty grandchildren and seven children. She lived quietly in Roswell, enjoying local activities as well as old friends, until her death on September 24, 2012.

She is survived by seven children: Katherine Denton, of Tucson, and her children Kate and Kelsey Julia and Morgan Smith of Santa Fe, and their children Jay, Julia and Nelson Maria Anderson of Alaska, and her children Alicia, Marin, Adrienne and Tom Robert and Susan Anderson of Corrales, and their children Nelson, Benjamin and Lauren Phelps and Ann Anderson of Roswell and their children, Christopher, Jennifer and Briggs Barbara and Chris Kryder of Boston, and their children Gus, Will and Maria and Beverley Crane and Jeff Forniciari of Santa Fe and her children Emma and Will. Barbara is also survived by nine great grandchildren, many beloved nieces and nephews and her brotherinlaw Donald B. Anderson and his wife Sally of Roswell.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert O. Anderson her sisters Patricia Phelps Ely and Beverley Phelps Kraft and her brother Oliver Hazard Perry Phelps.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 29, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 505 North Pennsylvania in Roswell. Memorial gifts can be made to the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest, Roswell Boys and Girls Club, Community Kitchen Inc. or a charity of choice. The family will receive friends in the Parish Hall after the service.


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  1. John Matthews
    La Plata, MD

    We sent a Christmas card to Barbara and tried to call her with no response. Then by looking on google we saw she has passed. We just want the family to know that we share in there sorrow of this remarkable
    Lady and cousin we had some good times together when she came to
    La plata,Md God bless all of here family and we know that all of us will share in the wonderful memories of this fine lady.
    Connie John Matthews

  2. Bob Hall
    Albuquerque, NM

    We want to extend our sincere condolences for the loss of your mother. We know that she will be deeply missed. I have very fond memories of the time spent on occasions with the Anderson Family and the true grace of your mom.
    All the best wishes, Bob Hall

  3. Nancy Gardner
    , FL

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your mother, grandmother, and motherinlaw. She was a dear and lifelong friend of my mother, Geneva. I recall tagging along with my mother to the fabulous Anderson parties when I was a kid. No doubt she created a lot of memories that will comfort and carry you through this difficult time.


  4. lynn graves
    Roswell, NM

    My sympathies and prayers are with you all .

  5. Glenda Whitaker and Gene Smith
    Grand Junction, CO

    Dear Kit, Julie, Phelps and all the family,
    We send our love and condolences at this most difficult time, and may the Lord keep his loving arms around you. Remember all those wonderful memories of your Mom.

    I have special memories of her as my Brownie Leader. That was such a fun and memorable time. I enjoyed seeing her occasionally through the years. She was a very special lady and will be so missed.

    Blessings to you all

  6. Dianne Dumas
    Santa Fe, NM

    This beautiful lady will be missed by so many whose lives she has been in since we were children. My sympathies are sent to all who loved her, especially to her family.


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