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Ann H. Fellows 86, of Salem, passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 2, 2014. Elizabeth Ann Henderson was born in Detroit, MI October 3, 1927 to Dr. Harold and Gladys (Seymour) Henderson. She was one of six children. Growing up, she attended private schools and enjoyed many different activities, including piano and ice-skating. One day her older brother, who was attending the University of Michigan, came home for a visit and brought his friend, Bill Carlson. Mom was smitten and the two started dating. They soon fell in love and married on September 8, 1948. After graduating from the University of Michigan School of Engineering, Bill took a job with E. W. Bliss Co. in Hastings, MI, where the two of them set up their household. In 1952, David was born , followed by Karen in 1954. A job transfer in 1958 moved them east to Blisss Brooklyn, NY office and where they settled in the suburb of Waldwick, NJ. Bruce was born the following year in 1959. Anns secure life was uprooted when Bill was tragically killed in May of 1962. She decided to become a teacher to support her young family, but with just an associates degree, she knew she had to complete her schooling to get a teaching certificate. She started classes at Patterson State Teachers College that Fall. In the spring of 1964 friends introduced her to Byron Fellows, a divorcee with three children of his own, but living in Needham, MA. They dated long-distance, burning up the telephone lines between Waldwick and Needham. They quickly fell in love and began planning how the two families would merge. On November 28, 1964, the two families became one and moved to a new home in Needham. They would later tell people our family was the first Brady Bunch as they were created well before the TV show aired! Friends would ask her how do you do it (raising six kids and trying to blend families). She would say, Im too busy DOING it to ponder HOW Im doing it! But she did. When the last of the children left the nest, they retired in 1978 to Whispering Pines, NC where they enjoyed golfing, traveling and spending time with their grandchildren. They were active members in Southern Pines United Methodist Church where they formed many lifelong friendships. Their travels took them to Canada, Taiwan, Ecuador, Pakistan, Peru, Egypt and Zimbabwe. She was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, Dr. Charles (Betty) Henderson, Robert Henderson, Jean (Stan) Sink, her first husband William Carlson, her son Bruce Edward and her second husband Byron Wayne Fellows. She is survived by her children Marcia (Mark) Schweider, Nancy (Paul) OMeara, David (Liz) Carlson, and Karen (John) Feldenzer. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren, with one more soon to be born. She had a full and enjoyable life until dementia started taking away her memory. Even then, she maintained a positive and happy attitude. We were thankful that even at the end of her life, she still recognized her children. Though she will be missed, she is in a better place. A Memorial Service being planned by the family will be held in North Carolina in September. Memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Richfield Living Foundation, PO Box 3240 Salem, VA 24153. An online guest book is available for family and friends by visiting www.johnmoakey.com

Published in The Needham Times from Aug. 5 to Aug. 12, 2014
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