by Jane Zimmerman, Treemont Resident
Pleasantly smiling resident Bobbie Fellers is a happy, satisfied Treemont keeper. She and her husband Reverend Doctor John E. Fellers (Methodist) were both born in Houston and met at the same childhood church. After growing up, they saw each other again, dated and married. They had 4 children, 9 grandchildren and 2 great-grand babies. The family all lives close by. John passed 12 years ago, and Bobbie moved into an apartment, then to Treemont, where she is very pleased!
Bobbie volunteered at church, supporting her husband in his ministry. While they were at St. Paul’s Methodist church on Main Street here in Houston (next to the Museum of Fine Arts), Bobbie also had a travel agency.
Bobbie went to Milby High School, and John to Austin High. After graduation, Bobbie stayed at home with the small children, and John went to Seminary in Atlanta. After he finished Seminary, they went to St. Paul’s as Associate. Later they moved to Clear Lake to form Clear Lake United Methodist Church (UMC); it was the beginning of NASA.
Many of the astronauts and their families attended the UMC. Bobbie’s picture was in the Life Magazine April 24, 1970 edition. She is standing with Mary Haise (Fred Haise’s wife). In the background is the “Red Phone” with a direct line to the President. The article is titled, “The Joyous Triumph of Apollo 13.” During the flights, Bobbie and John usually stayed with Mary in case anything was to happen.
St. Paul’s was their home church, and they served so many of their fellow Christians there. Bobbie wonders if there are residents of Treemont who attended then or who do now. If so, Bobbie would love to see you and chat about how you are and what you are doing. She and John formed the Emergency Aid for the downtown area, that offered free food and clothing to those in need. They also sponsored seminars for people of different religions to understand and know each other. This in itself was a very interesting ministry.
As for Treemont, Bobbie has been in Independent Living, Health Care and used Senior Allegiance services. After John’s death and her failing health, she says she “is so blessed to have found Treemont Retirement Community!”
If you enjoyed meeting your Houston assisted living neighbor, then click here to meet more residents of this dynamic independent living in Houston community. There is much documentation on the value of social interaction and friendships in keeping seniors happy and content. Active Activities Programs are key to resident happiness in senior living in Houston communities. Seniors want to live with interesting and engaging residents. At Treemont, from concert pianist Ann Wang, to Nelda Sims of the Sims Trio and also Wilma Carr and Lily Tsu, residents enjoy in-house entertainment, and meeting new neighbors with whom to engage and share their new community. Please make sure you ask about the residents and the activities for seniors programs when you tour senior living Houston TX communities.