Helen Louisa Phelps Stokes (detail of a painting by Cecilia Beaux, c. 1898. Metropolitan Museum) Born: c. 1847

Died: June 30, 1930

Married: Anson Phelps Stokes

Children: Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes (1867); Sarah Maria Phelps Stokes (1869); Helen Olivia Phelps Stokes (1870); J. Graham Phelps Stokes (1872); Anson Phelps Stokes, the younger (1874); Ethel V. Phelps Stokes (1876); Caroline M. Phelps Stokes (1878); Mildred Phelps Stokes Hooker (1881); Harold M. Phelps Stokes (1887).

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The New York Times, June 30, 1930


Philanthropist and Widow of New York Banker Died in Her Sleep.

Funeral services for Mrs. Anson Phelps Stokes of 760 Park Avenue, who died on Saturday in Boston at the age of 83, will be held at 2:30 P. M. today in St. Stephen's Church, Ridgefield, Conn. Mrs. Stokes died In her sleep after an attack of heart disease.

Born in this city, the daughter of the late Isaac Newton Phelps and Sarah Phelps, Mrs. Stokes was married in 1865 to her second cousin, Anson Phelps Stokes, member of the banking firm of Phelps, Stokes & Co., and first president of the Reform Club. Like her husband, Mrs. Stokes was interested in many charities and philanthropies. She founded on Staten Island the Grace Home for Children, which she supported for years. In the World War she gave the use of her house at 230 Madison Avenue to the Young Women's Christian Association.

She is survived by four sons, five daughters and fifteen grandchildren. Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes, her eldest son, is a distinguished architect, an ex-officio member of the City Art Commission and a trustee of the New York Public Library. Her other sons are James G. Phelps Stokes, formerly well known for his work with the Socialist Party; the Rev. Dr. Anson Phelps Stokes, canon of Washington Cathedral, formerly, for many years, secretary of Yale University, and Harold Phelps Stokes, of the editorial staff of The New York Times.