Mary Margaret Fast
August 26, 1925 - November 14, 2021
Birthplace: Montgomery County, Iowa
Resided In: Elliott, Iowa

Visitation 11/21/2021
Villisca United Methodist Church
Service 11/22/2021
Villisca United Methodist Church
Burial 11/22/2021
Morton's Mill Cemetery

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Mary Margaret ‘Peg’ Fast, age 96, of Elliott, Iowa, passed away Sunday, November 14, 2021, at the Good Samaritan Society in Villisca, Iowa. Peg was a dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great great-grandmother whose love for her family was displayed throughout her life.

Peg was born August 26, 1925, in Montgomery County, IA, the daughter of Marion Lester and Vera Catherine (King) Cozad. Peg graduated from Red Oak High School in 1943. She clerked at a grocery store in Red Oak then moved temporarily to Omaha, Nebraska, and to Wisconsin where she worked in factories to support the war effort.

She was united in marriage to Orville Luther Fast on January 15, 1946, in Red Oak, Iowa. Peg and Orville made their home on the Fast family farm near Morton’s Mill, Iowa their entire married life. Their farm was recognized as a Century Farm at the Iowa State Fair in August of 2000. They were members of the Villisca United Methodist Church.

Their first meal as a married couple was pancakes which Peg cooked for Orville using the cast iron griddle her parents gave them as a wedding present. That started a decades long tradition. Every Saturday was pancake day in the Fast home and everyone looked forward to Peg’s pancakes! Together, Peg and Orville raised seven children. In addition to helping on the farm, keeping house, and feeding and clothing seven children, Peg enjoyed attending her children’s (and later her grandchildren’s and great grandchildren’s) sporting events and concerts; family picnics at Viking Lake Park, Pilot Grove Park, and Hacklebarney Park; hosting and attending large holiday and birthday suppers for her immediate and extended family members; sewing, maintaining a massive garden, canning, and bargain shopping; quilting every Wednesday afternoon with members of the Morton’s Mill Ladies’ Aid who were life-long friends; and playing cards. Peg was a great cook! She hosted annual Christmas cookie making parties for her grandchildren and great grandchildren. In her spare time, later in life, Peg also enjoyed reading, attending Cowboy Church, listening to Big Band music, never missing a Thursday Mexican Night at the Hayloft or a Friday hair appointment with LuAnn, watching Days of Our Lives, and later, after (finally) getting cable, Hallmark movies. She loved it when family, friends and neighbors dropped by and always had hot coffee and homemade goodies on hand to share with them.

Peg is preceded in death by her parents; husband of 67 years, Orville Fast; daughter, Catharine ‘Cathi’ Fulton; son, Richard ‘Rich’ Fast; sister, Mildred ‘Mid’ Marsden; brother, William ‘Bill’ Cozad; sisters-in-law: Juanita Hall, Betty Fast, and Margaret Cozad; brothers-in-law: Clark Fast, Wayne Fast, Gerry Hall, Stan Peterson, Robert Watts and Ray Marsden; nieces: Cheryl Marsden, Christine Miller, and Cheryl Estenoz; nephews: Gerry Hall Jr., Jeff Fast, Donnie Fast, and Craig Peterson.

Peg is survived by her children: Larry (Norma) Fast of Nodaway, IA; Doug (Mary) Fast of Cape Charles, VA; Debby (Jim) Kenworthy of Seneca, SC; Chuck (Mary Beth) Fast of Elliott, IA; Sherri (Mike) Slobodnik of Bloomington, MN; son-in-law, Darrel Fulton of Villisca, IA; daughter-in-law, Kay Fast (Dave Deyoe) of Villisca, IA; twenty grandchildren: Jodi (Steve) Haer, Shona (Clint) Means, Kadee (Shane) Myers, Laci (Brian) Schafer, Scott (Julie) Fast, Lori (Pat) Waymire, Adam (Kari) Fast, Luke (Kim) Fast, Cara (Adam) Estes, Blaine ‘Elliott' Fast, Sarah (Alex) Hutcheson, Brian (Ashley) Kenworthy, Dustin (Laura Cooper) Fast, Trisha Fast, Ashley (Karla) Villatoro, Lauren (Tanner) Runyan, Collin (Morgan) Fast, Michael Slobodnik, Paula (Markus) Larsen, and Karen (Andrew) Cottingham; forty great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law: Janice Peterson of Stanton, IA, Joan Watts of Villisca, IA, Mary (Mons) Roll of Colorado Springs, CO, and Pat Fast of Lincoln, NE; also many nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 AM Monday, November 22, 2021 at the Villisca United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Morton’s Mill Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be from 2-4 PM on Sunday, November 21, 2021 at the Villisca United Methodist Church. Memorials are suggested to the Villisca United Methodist Church or the Outdoor Classroom Project at Enarson Elementary School.

Nelson-Boylan-LeRette Funeral Chapel of Red Oak, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.


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