Lucille (Lucy) Woodruff Guyn Phelps was a force of nature who led a passionate life full of family, friends and determination. Born January 6, 1920 in Rexburg, Idaho, the seventh of Leo and Eda Woodruff's ten children and a descendant of Mormon pioneers. Lucy led a wonderful life rising to each new challenge and leaving her large and extended family a legacy of commitment and a zest for life that will carry them to the future.
Lucy worked her way through college, attending University of Idaho and completing her degree at UC, Berkeley in 1948. Later in her life, Lucy went back to earn a Master's Degree in Child Development and Theatre Arts at San Francisco State.
Lucy married Jack Guyn in 1948. Together they had six children, including two sets of twins, all born within a five year period. Lucy and Jack moved their family to Burney in 1963 to teach. After Jack's early death, Lucy met and fell in love with William H. (Bill) Phelps. They married in 1965 and Bill joined the family of Guyn kids.
A natural educator, Lucy's passion was kindergarten. She taught in the public school system for thirty years. Upon her retirement, Lucy and Bill founded the Hat Creek Playhouse where they produced and directed melodramas, musicals and mysteries that delighted audiences for more than 20 years. They also traveled the world together, constantly learning and growing as they went. As Lucy grew older, she faced each new challenge with dignity, grace and courage. Until her death at 93, she continued to provide love, support and wisdom for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. She remained a staunch supporter for women's education and a strong advocate for equality. Lucy died on January 24, 2013.
She was preceded separately in death by her husband Bill, who died only hours before, and Janis Guyn (Tom) McGrann, her daughter.
She is survived by her children, Kristin Guyn (Abe) Hathaway, Tom (Natalie) Guyn, Jim (Jane) Guyn, Heidi Guyn (John) Urias, and Holly Guyn (John) Smart; her sister Melva Wilkins, many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, her loving and loved caregivers and those who broke bread and shared at the Guyn-Phelps family table - family all.
Combined memorial services for Lucy and Bill will be held Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 3950 Sunflower Drive, Redding, California.
Arrangements were handled through Allen & Dahl Funeral Chapel in Redding (243-1525).