Masel Irene Fellows, age 92, Concordia, died Thursday, June 20, 2013, at Cloud County Health Center, Concordia. She was born on July 23, 1920, to Willis & Myrtle (Carlson) Overmiller of rural Smith Center, Kan. Masel remembered and told stories about the Depression, dust storms and grasshopper destructions. She had to wait a year before going to high school because her parents did not have the money to send her to school.
Masel’s early years centered around church and community events. She was a pitcher for her local softball team. On game days, her father would make her rest. This made her feel really special, because one didn’t rest often on the farm. She loved talking about time shared with cousins and extended family.
After graduating high school, Masel worked at various jobs. She taught country school, but could make more money working at the munitions plant in Lincoln, Neb.
In 1942, she married Dwight Pitzer in California until Dwight had to go overseas, where he was a pilot in WWII. At that time, she moved back home with her parents. Dwight was killed during the war and their baby daughter, Roene, died shortly after birth.
In 1946, she married John Fellows and they farmed north of Smith Center. To this union were born, Phyllis, James (Bill), John and David. They moved to Concordia in 1962 so that David’s special education needs could be met. Within a year after the move to Concordia, Masel purchased the franchise dress shop known as Mode-O-Day. She won numerous sales awards. Once, she won a trip to Minnesota and also a trip to California. In Kansas City, she toured the warehouses to pick out items for her store. She truly enjoyed her store and didn’t know a stranger. Her customers became her friends. She retired after being in business for 27 ½ years.
Masel was very active in the NCK Down Syndrome Assoc. (formerly Cloud County ARC) and with OCCK. She was a member of the VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries.
She is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Grotz; sons, James (Bill) Fellows and wife Cindy and John Fellows and wife Marylu, all of Concordia; brother, John Overmiller and wife Joan, of Smith Center; seven grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Elinor Wiles & husband, Roy, West Fork, Ark., and Loretta Saunders and husband John, Hutchinson; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Dwight Pitzer and John Fellows; daughter, Roene K. Pitzer; son, David Fellows; parents; brothers, Carroll Overmiller & wife Pearl and Ernest Overmiller and brothers-in-law, Edward Fellows and wife Evelyn and Jim Fellows.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m., Saturday, June 22, 2013, at Chaput-Buoy Funeral Home with Pastor Dennis Lambert officiating. Burial will follow the services at Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Concordia. Visitation will be Friday, from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. with family greeting friends from 7-8 p.m., all at the funeral home. The family suggest memorials to NCK Down Syndrome Society, in care of the funeral home. For online condolences, please visit www.chaputbuoy.com.