Thelma Geraldine Fast of Lewistown, Missouri, passed away Saturday, February 25th, 2023, at the home of her daughter, at the young age of 98 years.
Gerry, as she was known to all, was born April 8th, 1924, in Brashear, Missouri, the daughter of Charles and Opal Walters Eagle.
Gerry was raised in Brashear, Missouri, and graduated from Brashear High School. On September 26th, 1941, she eloped and married Dale Fast to the dismay of both of their families. They were married for sixty-nine wonderful years… we think they made the right choice. To this union were born four children, Peggy Dale, Robert Charles, Brenda Susan, and Roger Laurier. Due to Dale’s occupation as a manager with MFA and COOP, Dale and Gerry lived in many towns throughout Northeast Missouri including Brashear, Milan, Kahoka, Palmyra, Ewing, Center, New London and LaGrange. Gerry was always alongside Dale helping him with his job as well as being a homemaker and raising their children. As a young girl, Gerry would spend summers with her family fishing at Lake Vermillion in Minnesota, and she would continue this tradition with her husband, children, and grandchildren for over 80 years. Gerry loved the outdoors and was quite the tomboy, who enjoyed fishing and hunting throughout her life. She loved a good soap opera, gameshows, bingo, and let’s not forget a good smut book. Later in life Gerry and Dale traveled throughout the United States and enjoyed spending their winters in Arizona. She was a loving mother and grandmother, and we will miss her dearly.
Surviving are three children, Robert Fast and wife Mary of Moline, Illinois, Brenda Goings and husband Donald of Lewistown, Missouri, Roger Fast and wife Kelly of The Villages, Florida, eleven grandchildren, Kent Stotler, Joan Albeck Siegmund, Paula Fast, Michael Fast, Dawn Lowrey, Stacy Forde, Brent Goings, Bobby Fast, Bretta Goings, Kory Fast, and Ian Fast, fifteen great grandchildren, numerous great- great grandchildren, and two nephews.
Gerry was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Dale Fast, daughter Peggy Stotler, sister Evelyn Meline, and brother-in-law Rex Meline.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 1st, 2023, at the Hudson- Rimer Funeral Home at Edina, Missouri. Reverend Donnie Powell will officiate the services. Burial will be in the Locust Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Joan Albeck Siegmund, Brent Goings, Bobby Fast, Kory Fast, Ian Fast, and Ty Alitz.
Visitation will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 1st, 2023, prior to the services.
Memorials may be made to the Locust Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, Missouri 63537.