Lee (Hensley) Fellman
Dec. 13, 2013
Harrisonville native Lee (Hensley) Fellman, 91, died Friday, Dec. 13, 2013, at the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, Calif.
The daughter of Clay and Effie Hensley, Lee was the oldest of five siblings, all of whom pre-deceased her. She was one of the first women to serve in the U.S. Marines Corps. She was in the first class of Women Marines to graduate from boot camp at Hunter College, N.Y. She served in Washington, D.C., during WWII as a courier of sensitive documents, She was honorably discharged Sept. 18, 1945, with the rank of sergeant. Immediately after discharge, she worked as a hat-check girl in a fancy Washington hotel, where she met Douglas MacArthur, Dwight Eisenhower and other war heroes.
Lee married Roger Wolbarst and lived with him in New Hampshire and New York state before moving to Rowayton, Conn., where they raised two children. She became a successful real-estate agent.
They moved to Coronado, Calif., where she and Roger later divorced. She re-married Arnie Fellman and moved with him to Ashland, Wis., where she worked as an advocate for poor and disabled seniors. After Arnie died, she retired and moved to Harrisonville Heights, where she made some wonderful friends.
She lived at the Veterans Home of California in beautiful Napa County since 2009. She is survived by daughter Susan Wolbarst (David Shpak) and grandson Zach Shpak of Davis, Calif.; son Tom Wolbarst of San Francisco, Calif.; granddaughter Kilby Wolbarst and great-grandson Skyler Wood, both of Edmonds, Wash.; as well as nieces Vickie Drury (Bob) and Lisa Webb (Roger) of Harrisonville; great-nephew Kyle Edwards of Harrisonville; and niece Vonda Mothershead (Kelly) of Lees Summit.
Lee was a lifetime member of the Women Marines Association.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to WMA General Fund In Memory of Lee Fellman, P.O. Box 377, Oaks, PA 19456-0377.