Eileen Marie Woker Feltes (nee Johnson) died peacefully on May 8, 2020, following a lengthy illness. She was born on October 30, 1941, in McPherson, but most of her life lived in Conway, Kansas. She enjoyed living in the country, often recalling that at age three or four she would safely cross a large pen of chickens to have breakfast with her grandparents who lived across the field. She attended Conway Elementary, McPherson Junior High and High Schools, then Brown Mackie Business College in Salina.
Eileen was a talented musician, playing both the piano and the accordion, encouraged by her father, who played the squeezebox.
She met her first husband, Carl Woker, while working in a nursing home; he was the Coca-Cola delivery guy. They often dressed in western attire, and played music together. Their 1963 marriage brought together the children, ala the Brady Bunch, and Eileen worked various jobs to help make ends meet. When the kids were in high school, her husband became the local agent for the Graves Trucking Company, where she ran the office, and life became easier financially, but not personally. As her marriage fell apart, she continued working at Graves until shortly before the office closed. She then took a position at Alliance Insurance Company in McPherson. She and Carl divorced in 1980.
A few years later she met Al Feltes. They married in 1985, and later moved to Valentine, Nebraska, where Al owned several businesses, including a bowling alley. Eventually they sold the businesses and moved to Lake of the Ozarks. They divorced in 1992.
Eileen returned to work at Alliance until her retirement in 2007, but would not remain retired for long. She took a part-time bookkeeping job at the McPherson Senior Center, where she delighted in seeing the seniors, including some of her kids’ former teachers. Eileen had an affinity for the seniors, and during her life had many opportunities to express her love and concern for them. She later volunteered at the local Save and Share.
Hard work was a common presence in her life, and Eileen instilled her midwestern work ethic in both her children. Love for animals was another common theme. Throughout her life, she had many pets, but her lifelong favorites were her teacup poodles, Kibbles and Bits.
In addition to her musical talent, Eileen was creative. She could sew, crochet, embroider and cross-stitch. She was interested in family history, tracing her roots back to Denmark. She was also a good cook: her peanut butter fudge was legendary, as were her homemade cinnamon rolls. She collected dolls, angels and miniature tea sets.
Eileen is survived by her daughter, Carla Woker Wright (Brian) Sacramento, CA, and son, Curtis Woker (Colleen) Conway, KS; grandchildren Ray Woker (Teresa) McPherson, Roger Woker (Janell) Lindsborg, and Heather Krehbiel (Joe) Marquette, and Cameron Woker Wright, Sacramento, as well as seven great grandchildren: Jordan Woker, Taylor Woker, Xavior Woker, Allen Woker, Kathy Woker, Everette Krehbiel, and Liam Krehbiel. Eileen is also survived by her sister, Shirley Bartel of Hillsboro, and Shirley’s children and grandchildren.
Eileen was predeceased by her parents, Alvin and Mabel Johnson, her granddaughter Brianna Wright (Sacramento), and her beloved cousin, “sister,” and best friend, Phyllis Hart (Stillwater, OK).
The family expresses its gratitude to the McPherson Hospital nurses and doctors and hospice staff who provided such loving care to our mom. Services TBD later due to the COVID-19 pandemic.