Sally Phelps Waite
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Sally Phelps Waite
  • December 30, 1928 - February 5, 2017
  • Madison, Connecticut

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Sally Phelps Waite, born 1928 in Ansonia, New Haven County, Connecticut, and passed away February 5, 2017 at home in Chester, Middlesex County, Connecticut. The youngest of three children of Howard Albert and Lillian Wilmot Phelps, Mrs. Waite was a proud descendant of many of Connecticut's original settlers.

A 1946 graduate of The Day School in New Haven, Connecticut, Mrs. Waite spoke fondly of her time as a "Daisy". She went on to graduate in 1951 from Wheelock College in Boston with a degree in Education; a vocation which she pursued for many years. She was a longtime resident of Madison, Connecticut where she developed and directed the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church's pre-school program and where she taught for twenty-seven years. For many of Madison's young people, Mrs. Waite's classroom was their introduction to school. It was a great joy for her when they returned years later to enroll their own children. A member of the First Congregational Church in Madison, she spent many Sunday mornings in the nursery helping to care for the babies.

A proud grandmother, Mrs. Waite loved to hear of the professional accomplishments of her six grandchildren. She was an avid gardener and voracious reader; enjoyed boating and watching the birds that visited her garden; and was a collector of Swanky Swigs.

Mrs. Waite was preceded in death by her husband of nearly fifty-five years, Robert S. Waite; her brother John H. Phelps; her sister Elizabeth Phelps Todd; and two sons-in-law, Edward D. Langley and Alton C. Slawson, Jr.

Mrs. Waite is survived by her daughters, Susan Waite-Langley of Duncanville, Texas; Molly Waite (Theodore) Lund of Chester; and Amy Slawson (Michel) Fortin of Madison; and her six grandchildren, Amanda Lund (Boubacar) Traoré of Portland, Oregon; Abygale W. Lund and Garth B. Lund both of Deep River; Alton C. Slawson III of Ipswich, Massachusetts; Chloé E. Langley of Grand Prairie, Texas and Tessa C. Langley of Duncanville, Texas.

Private services are scheduled for April 4th, and will be followed by interment in the Memorial Garden at the First Congregational Church, Madison, Connecticut.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made payable to The Hopkins School 986 Forest Road, New Haven, Connecticut 06515. (203) 397-1001. Please include a note to indicate the gift should be directed to the Day Prospect Hill Scholarship Fund in memory of Sally Phelps Waite.