Esther Phelps

Esther Phelps Obituary


Age - 1905


October 7, 2023


Coventry, RI

Esther Mary (Hight) Phelps, 81, of West Warwick, a loving mother, sister and grandmother, passed away peacefully on Friday, October 6, 2023 at the HopeHealth Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence Born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire on May 19, 1942, Esther was the beloved daughter of the late Francis and Ellen (Morrocco) Hight Esther was raised in Cranston and was a graduate of Cranston East High School She was employed as a Secretary for the State of Rhode Island at the Department of Human Services for over ten years Esther was a beautiful and selfless woman She was devoted to her family and enjoyed cooking and spending time with them Esther is survived by two loving children: Richard "Ricky" R Phelps of West Warwick and Darlene L Phelps Palermo of Cranston; two brothers: Richard Hight of Cranston and David Hight of Boca Raton, FL; five grandchildren: Kristin Phelps, Ashley Phelps, Jennifer Palermo-Zaino and the late Justin Phelps and the late Christopher Palermo; and six great-grandchildren: Arianna Phelps, Oriana Sampson, Alexia Palermo, Nicolas Perrault, Evan Perrault and Kai Zaino She was also the loving sister of the late Joe Hight, Thomas Hight and Ellen Hight Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend visiting hours on Saturday, October 14, 2023 from 3 PM - 5 PM in the Iannotti Funeral Home, 415 Washington Street, Route 117, Coventry In lieu of flowers, gifts in her memory may be made to: Pawswatch Community Cat Center, 39 Putnam Pike, Johnston, RI 02919 or at https://pawswatch org

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Age - 95

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