Anita Felts was born on July 17, 1907 to George and Ella Fletcher. The Fletcher family remained a close clan though scattered across Texas. They have had an annual reunion for the last 50 years and although Anita is the last of the family, I am sure this affair and closeness will continue. Anita went to college at North Texas in Denton. Anita had one daughter, Barbara Ann Isham, born on October 1, 1938 during her marriage to Sam Isham. While she and Barbara lived with her parents in Mullin, Texas, she attended Business School in Brownwood, Texas and worked for the Welfare Department. Anita began teaching school at Mullin and in Zephyr, Texas.
Anita married Kelly Owen, prominent rancher and businessman, of San Saba, Texas. Kelly moved she and Barbara to his home in San Saba, where she spent the remainder of her life. Kelly made Barbara his own daughter, as he had no children, and loved her dearly. The Owen family embraced Anita and Barbara and the Owen girls love and cherish Barbara Owen Gilger.
Kelly and Anita were members of the First United Methodist Church and active citizens and supporters of the city of San Saba. Anita belonged to the Methodist UMW, the Pierian Study Club, and the San Saba Garden Club.
On November 19, 1963 her beloved husband, Kelly, was killed in a tragic airplane crash in route to South Dakota where he had ranching interests.
Anita was blessed, living her life in San Saba, to have the joy of watching her grandchildren, Troy Gilger and Kelly Gilger grow up and in later years her great grandchildren, Kolby Reavis, Johna Reavis, and Morgan Gilger.
On June 29, 1985, Anita married Dr. Homer Vick Felts, a retired dentist of San Saba, Texas and through this union she became the stepmother of Jane Mauldin and Mary Luker and their families and they had a very close and loving relationship that continued her entire life. Dr. Felts passed away on August 19, 1990.
Anita spent her last years living with Barbara and her husband, David Gilger, and was a pleasure to the whole family. Barbara and David ministered to her every need in her last years and made her life’s journey complete and happy. Anita was always greatly admired and will be remembered for her grace, her charm, her wit, her perseverance, and as a beautiful lady with an equally beautiful heart! Her niece, Anita Miles, presents this loving tribute to Anita Owen Felts.
Anita is survived by her daughters, Barbara Gilger and her husband David of San Saba; Mary Felts Luker and her husband Ed Epperson of Austin; and Jane Mauldin and her husband Larry of New Braunfels; her grandchildren, Troy Gilger of San Saba; Kelly Reavis and her husband John of San Saba; and Johnny Luker and Clara Jane Meldrum and family; her great-grandchildren, Kolby Reavis and Johna Reavis of San Saba; Morgan Gilger of San Saba, her sister in law, Ann Fletcher of Lubbock; and her several nieces and nephews. Anita is preceded in death by her husbands Kelly Owen and Homer Vick Felts.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, February 24, 2011 at 2:00 PM at the First United Methodist Church with Rev. Debby Lake and Rev. Judy Tolbert officiating. Interment, San Saba Cemetery.
Memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church or donor’s favorite charity.