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Barbara Jean Feller

January 17, 1935 ~ February 23, 2024 (age 89) 89 Years Old


Barbara Jean Feller (Barbara Jean Peffley) – age 89, of ElDorado, Kansas, passed away February 23, 2024, after a long battle with kidney and heart disease. Barbara was a member of St. John The Evangelist Catholic Church in ElDorado, KS. and was a devoted volunteer participating in various ministries and activities at her parish. Being extremely artistic, she loved working with the Rosary Makers, Altar Society, Funeral Ministry and Sewing Ministry. Using her vast imagination, Barbara led and developed a huge Harvest House program for seniors, providing interesting, informative, educational, and often fun events on a monthly basis. She was very enthusiastic about these wonderful programs she was able to organize for Harvest House and spoke often about the great times and fellowship she enjoyed with that program.

Barbara was born in Augusta, KS in 1935, and lived in ElDorado, KS most of her life. She spent a lot of time in Augusta with her grandparents and her great grandparents, often riding the “Doodlebug” between Augusta and ElDorado. It was also during these times that she was introduced to one of her favorite card games, Cribbage. She played Cribbage with her family and passed her skillsets and love of the game down to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Barbara graduated from ElDorado High School in 1953 and married her husband, Darwin P. Feller, later in that same year. Her husband’s position with Bethlehem Supply required frequent relocation, and took them to ElDorado, Medicine Lodge, Russell, and Hill City Kansas, followed by an eventual move to New Iberia, Louisiana in 1970. Following the passing of her husband in 1984, Barbara moved back to ElDorado and assisted with the health care of both her parents. Her care and tending to other people and “doing whatever you can” for family is one of the most endearing memories that we all have of Barbara. Everyone could always count on Barbara to show up and pitch in wherever she could.

A consummate sports fan, (from Little League forward) Barbara especially loved football and was an avid supporter of Butler County Grizzly’s, traveling to Utah, Iowa, Oklahoma and Texas to follow the Grizzly’s. Whenever she was visiting relatives out of state, she always made it clear that she needed to get back for “the football games.” Barbara also enjoyed and supported the Wichita Zoo. In addition she was a frequent visitor to Bluestem Lake and Lake El Dorado and loved fishing in a number of ponds around the area. During this time, she became a big fan of the best tasting fish in the world, Crappie.
Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Darwin Feller; her parents, Paul and Edwina Peffley and her brother, James Peffley. She is survived by her sister, Margie Peffley of Topeka Kansas; son and daughter in law David and Susan Feller of Tomball, Texas; daughter and son in law, David and Paula Ramsey of Sulphur, Louisiana, 6 grandchildren (Stephanie, Zachary, Patrick, Joshua, Brian, and Kristin), 9 great-grandchildren (Allie, Abbie, Kaitlyn, Darwin, Lauren, Eva, Addie, Rosie, and Ammie), numerous nephews, nieces and cousins.

Barbara was a force to be reckoned with (the football players are lucky she was not their coach) and every Spring before “Tornado Season” she would open the storm cellar (the Cave) behind her house and deal with the snakes that had accumulated there through the winter. Sometimes they were fortunate to just be caught and thrown under the house (by Barbara) to “police” mice, but other times, they met the wrong end of Barbara’s shovel. She was fearless!

Barbara had (and still has) a strong relationship with Jesus. She was a woman of great faith and passed that faith down to her family. She lived Love!!! A formidable, although beautiful woman, Barbara was a great friend and asset to family and to the community. She was the person you could count on to “show up” and contribute wholeheartedly to whatever was going on. And be careful in Heaven if you bring out the Cribbage board. I can hear her now – “15 – 2, 15 – 4 and a double run of three for 12”. We imagine she will get a lot of 29 hands now. We all love her, and she will be dearly missed here on earth.

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Recitation of the Rosary
March 2, 2024

9:30 AM
St. John's Catholic Church (Rosary)
302 N. Denver
El Dorado, KS 67042

March 2, 2024

10:00 AM to TBD
St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
302 N. Denver
El Dorado, KS 67042


Belle Vista Cemetery
6th & Oak
El Dorado, KS 67042


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