Dateline: February 28, 2008

Juanita Phelps, 82, died Thursday, February 21, 2008, in San Antonio.

A memorial service is pending in Clarendon.

Juanita was an accomplished business woman, an experienced traveler and a beloved mother, grandmother, and sister. She was the daughter of Robert C. Bingham and Rosa Rudd Bingham, both deceased. Born in Cooke County and raised in Clarendon, Juanita received an Associate’s degree from Clarendon College. She went to New York City during WWII to work for Western Union, returning to Texas after the war. She worked and raised her son in Clarendon, and later moved into the antiques business in Scottsdale, Ari., and San Diego, Calif. She settled in Austin when her grandson was born and worked in business administration until her retirement in 1995. Her travels took her around the world and across the United States. In addition to her expertise in the antiques business, she was an enthusiastic supported of the arts.

She was preceded in death by an older brother, Robert W. Bingham, and two infant sisters.

Survivors include her sister, Hazel Guy of Clarendon; her son, Charles Vaughn and his wife, Catherine Fontaine of San Antonio; and her grandson, Stephen Vaughn of Austin.


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