Shirley Louise (King) Fellin

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Shirley Louise (King) Fellin, age 81y 4m 12d, passed away Monday, August 27, 2018 at Mercy Hospital, Springfield Missouri, with family by her side. They shared fond and joyous memories as they comforted Shirley to her final breath. In recent months her health steadily declined from a long-term illness. Visitation will be at The Fraker Funeral Home, 1131 State Hwy A, Marshfield, Thursday, August 30, 2018, at 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.  The funeral service will be the following morning at 10:00 a.m. at The Fraker Funeral Home. Interment will be at the Marshfield Cemetery following the service.

Shirley was the sixth of seven children, and was born in Marshfield April 15, 1937 to Samuel Hugh King (1904-1983) and Lena Holestine (1908-2006). In her youth she attended Crown Elementary School, and graduated in 1954 from Marshfield High School. In her youth she was an active member at the nearby Friendship Baptist Church. She had fond memories of playing softball and working at Fishers Hi-Boy. She and Francis “Red” Fellin were married April 15, 1956 in Arkansas. To this union was born one child, Debra Ann (Fellin) Perkins.

Their young family spent many weekends boating, skiing and camping at Table Rock Lake with Red’s brother Paul & his family, and many other friends. Shirley was known for skiing non-stop for up to 50 miles. She enjoyed bowling and became an avid golfer, getting a hole-in-one June 1, 2006 at Horton Smith Golf Course.  After retirement she and Red spent many years as snowbirds, going to McAllen Texas and developing close friendships at their winter residence. Shirley was active in Senior Olympics at their Texas home, winning many medals and trophies in bowling, golf and other competition, and on several occasions, receiving the top Senior Olympian trophy.

Shirley was predeceased by her husband who passed away March 16, 2005; her parents Hugh & Lena King and all siblings: Retha Orene Wihebrink, Hugh Wayne King, Anna Maxine King, Samuel H. King, Joe Dean King and Loretta Mae (Hall) Johnson. 

Shirley Fellin is survived by daughter Debra and husband Steven Perkins of Springfield, her grandchildren Mitsy Ann Shumaker (Ty), (Indiana) and James “Jason” Perkins (Springfield MO); she has five great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

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