Born on December 9, 1896, she grew up in Mexico and attended school in England, St. Louis, and Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
She married Towner Phelan, a bank executive, in 1924; her full name was Elizabeth Simon Phelan. She was a self-trained sculptor, primarily in wood, and began exhibiting around 1940. She was a member of the St. Louis Artists Guild and exhibited there often, as well as at the Sculptors Gallery, a local gallery, and the St. Louis Art Museum. Her last exhibit was in 1975, where 20 of her sculptures were displayed in the Climatron at the Missouri Botanical Garden.
1960 Walnut and copper figure of Christ on the Cross hanging from the ceiling over the altar at E
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