Obituary of Estelle Phoebus
Estelle M. Phoebus, 92, of Salisbury passed away peacefully at the John B. Parsons Home on Thursday, January 3, 2018. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, she was the only child of the late William G. Murrell and Stella Thomas Murrell. The family moved to the Eastern Shore in her early teens (Cambridge, then Mt. Vernon) due to her father’s serious illness. He passed away when she was 16, but she and her Mom stayed, making her a “Come Here” for the rest of her life! After graduating from Washington High School in 1944, she and her Mom moved to Salisbury, where she worked in the Bacteriological Lab at the MD State Department of Health.
On December 5, 1948, she joined Trinity Church, which would always remain a significant part of her life. It was during this time she met, William T. Phoebus, Jr. She and Bill married on August 24, 1950. They shared 52 years of love, laughter, some tough health challenges, but mostly fun times with family, friends and anyone they crossed paths with. She has missed him every day since his passing on July 23, 2003. They are now reunited for eternity and laughing, travelling and volunteering all over.
She was a wonderful stay at home Mom, until she began a 25 career in banking at Union Trust and then mostly at Loyola Federal. Her career never stopped her from volunteering and many other activities. She was a Cub Scout Den Leader, Brownie and Girl Scout Leader, and a member of the Junior Wicomico Women’s League in her younger years.
In 1975 her volunteer efforts shifted somewhat after she miraculously lived through ovarian and uterine cancer. She volunteered many hours for the American Cancer Society, Coastal Hospice, the Radiation Oncology Unit and the Chris Thomas Tennis Tournament. However, non-cancer related organizations also benefitted from her time and talents. A few were Lower Shore Sheltered Workshop (now LSE,) the Life Crisis Center, MAC and Trinity UMC in many capacities.
She loved her Monday Bridge Club (for over 50 years) Town and Country Garden Club, Book Club, and she and Bill always looked forward to “Friday Night Group” They also took some amazing trips.
Stell is survived by her son and his wife, Howard M and Lois T. Phoebus of Silver Spring, MD; her daughter and husband Ellen P. and Bruce D. Di Cintio; granddaughter, Stephanie P. White (Ryan) of Beltsville, MD; two grandsons Dennis A. Di Cintio (Kristin) of Fruitland, MD; Matthew K. Di Cintio of Boston, MA and four great grandchildren, Jameson White, Koby Bradshaw, Kiley and Karter Di Cintio. She also has a cousin and his wife, Vaughn and Helen Foxwell of Millersville, MD. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister-in law and brother-in-law, Rebecca Phoebus and Neary McIntyre of Mt. Vernon.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, January 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Trinity United Methodist Church in Salisbury. There will be a visitation at the church at 10:00 AM. If desired, donations may be made to Trinity UMC Altar Guild, 112 High Street, Salisbury, MD 21801 or Coastal Hospice, Post Office Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802.
Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Road, Salisbury, MD 21804. Please visit www.hollowayfh.com to express condolences to the family.
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