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Harriet "Afton" Fell, 85

Harriet "Afton" Fell, was born on October 20, 1937, and died in her sleep on April 26, 2023. Born to Harry Amos Shaw, Jr. and Jessie Cooper Shaw, Afton was the oldest of three girls. She was her dad's right hand, harnessing the horses with Dixie's help, farming, ranching, and being involved in 4-H. Also, she was a passionate horsewoman.

Afton was schooled at Cardwell Elementary and Whitehall High, in Whitehall, Montana. She met Eldon Fell at a reception at Pipestone Hot Springs; they were married on December 31, 1955.

The couple ranched in Harrison, Montana for 12 years before selling the ranch, then moving back to Cardwell, where she began her bus-driving career of 30-plus years. In 1972, they bought the store at Cardwell. After Eldon became ill, they closed the store, and she started custodian work at Whitehall Schools. After retiring from the school, she still drove the bus and started her new passion for animal rescue as a founding member of 4 Paws Animal Rescue.

She took on every project with passion. Quilting, knitting, sewing, crocheting, gardening, and cooking.

She now joins her husband Eldon, parents, brother-in-laws Dick Rennie, Sonny Huckaba, and Doug Fell, as well as granddaughter-in-law, Jennifer Levengood in heaven.

She is survived by her children, Harriet Held (Frank) of Drummond; Wanda Levengood (Bill) of Whitehall; and Chris Fell of Butte. Grandchildren John Levengood, Laura Levengood, DVM, (Richard), Frankie Gregory (Jeremy), Rachel Hayes (Ronnie), Serena Koepplin (Ron), fourteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by several cousins, nieces, and nephews as well as her sisters Dixie Rennie and Susie Huckaba, and in-laws Anny Osmen (Gale), June Judy (Jeffrey)Carrol Tang (Long), Barbara Hotton (Dennis), Pat Hendrian (Jerry), and Richard Fell.

Services will be held at LDS Church in Whitehall, Montana on June 9th at 10 AM. Burial at South Boulder Cemetery to follow services. A reception will follow at LDS Church in Whitehall. In lieu of flowers donations to the Jefferson Valley Museum.


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