George William Felty and Iva May Groves were married on July 18, 1901. They were the parents of seven children – Letha Margaret, Ruth Ellen, Melba Doris, Dow Estell, Virginia Roberta “Bertie”, Nina Maud and Zelma Irene.

George passed away in 1938. George and Iva’s descendants held their first reunion in 1963, just a few months before Iva passed away. That reunion was held in the El Dorado Springs City Park with all six of their surviving children in attendance, Melba having passed away in 1948.

The next reunion wasn’t held until 1986, when we began having one every year. This year we met on July 23, 2016, in the Dederick Christian Church with 47 in attendance. The theme this year was “watermelon”. The time together started with the Pledge of Allegiance. After prayer by Jerald Jones, we enjoyed a bountiful carry-in meal. There was good visiting, picture taking, and reminiscing about times past.

Those attending representing Ruth Felty Jones were: from Ft. Scott, KS – Brent and Danielle Cavin and daughter, Ginny; Rhonda Bowles and son, Brody; Amanda Anderson and son, Case; from Nixa – David Jones and Sherry Forester and her grandson, Blake Barnett; from Kansas City – Deena Jones and children, Robbie and Lindsey; from Nevada – Sarah McCoy and children, Morgan, Bryan and Kyle; from Milo – Steve Bryant; from El Dorado Springs – Carl and Tammy Reeves and son, Daniel and grandchildren, Aidan Reeves and Ali Morin; and Jerald and Janet Jones.

Representing Dow Felty’s family: from Arlington, MA – Jim Felty and Judy Jackson; from West Plains – Bobbie Casey; and Brenda Tripp.

Representing Bertie Felty Teague’s family: from Austin, TX – Lendon Teague; Joyce Adams; from Garnett, KS – Nelda Potter; Jenna Wight and sons, Virgil, Bryar and Gabriel; Josh Potter and Rachel Mentzer; from El Dorado Springs – Chris and Julie Corbin and children, Josiah, Emma, Lily and Rilie;  and Neale and Gayle Teague.

Representing Nina Felty Bascom’s family: from Belton – Carla Bascom.

The next Felty Family Reunion is scheduled to be held again on Saturday, July 22, 2017.