Hillsboro – Ella Wiebe Fast, 89, died June 6, 2018 at Parkside Homes in Hillsboro. She was born August 4, 1929 to Edward and Bertha (Voth) Voth at North Newton. She was a nursing instructor. She married Arthur Wiebe October 12, 1954, he passed away in 2008. She married David Fast August 18, 2013, he passed away in 2016. Survivors include: daughters, Bev Wiebe of Hesston, Janice (Ben) Ollenburger of Elkhart, Indiana; sons, Carl (Marcella) Wiebe of Denver, Colorado, Dale (Elizabeth) Wiebe of Pine Grove, Colorado, Glenn (Maura) Wiebe of Hillsboro, Virgil (Susan) Wiebe of St. Paul, MN; step sons, Eddie (Joan) Morales of Cincinnati, Ohio, Paul (Anita) Fast of Bolingbrook, Illinois; brother, Harold (Marcyne) Voth of Fresno, CA; 10 grandchildren. Celebration of Life Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Parkview M.B. Church in Hillsboro. Burial 10:00 a.m. at Gnadenau cemetery rural Hillsboro. Family will receive guests from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday at Jost Funeral Home in Hillsboro. Memorials to Parkview Church or Child Evangelism Fellowship of Kansas in care of Jost Funeral Home P.O. Box 266 Hillsboro, Kansas 67063. Online Condolences at www.jostfuneralhome.com
Life Sketch Taken from the Funeral Bulletin
Ella Eulalia Voth was born August 4, 1929, to Edward D. and Bertha Voth in North Newton, Kansas. A woman of deep and abiding faith, Ella accepted the Lord as her Savior and was baptized on July 15, 1945.
Ella graduated from Walton High School, then attended Bethel College and Bethel Deaconess Hospital, earning a BS in Nursing in 1953. While serving as a charge nurse, she met Art Wiebe of Garden City, Kansas. They married on October 12, 1954, and spent the next 54 years together.
United by faith, Art and Ella sailed for the Belgian Congo in the spring of 1955. As lay missionaries for the Mennonite Brethren Mission Board, the young couple used their gifts in service, Art as a builder and mechanic and Ella through nursing, bookkeeping, and Bible classes. They welcomed three children—Bev, Janice, and Carl—into the world during their five years overseas. After they returned to Garden City, Kansas, in 1960, three more sons joined the family—Dale, Glenn, and Virgil.
Back in the states, Ella continued her nursing. After working as a maternity nurse at St. Catherine Hospital, she joined the Nursing Department of Garden City Community College in 1971, where she taught for 25 years. While working and raising her children, she earned an MS in Education from Kansas State University and completed coursework toward an MS in Nursing from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Ella filled her life with the love of God, family, and friends. Active in the Garden City Mennonite Brethren Church, Ella taught Sunday school, and served on the missions commission, VBS, and the women’s ministries. As part of Child Evangelism Fellowship of Kansas, Art and Ella led Bible clubs and summer camps, and they served on the state board. As her in-laws joined the family, she welcomed each by sewing a stuffed “Wiebe Bear” as a symbol of love. Throughout her career and in retirement, she read many books, cross-stitched verses and designs, crotched blankets for her grandchildren, and cared for all those around her. She and Art traveled throughout the country and in Europe, visiting children and other relatives.
Art and Ella moved to Hillsboro in 2001. There, they joined the Parkview Mennonite Brethren Church, where Ella participated in Bible study groups and women’s ministries.
After Art passed away on November 19, 2008, Ella took comfort in her community at Parkview. She developed a friendship with David Fast, a widower, and the two married on August 17, 2013, when she was 84.
Their marriage brought the newlyweds great joy during their three years together, which ended October 13, 2016 when David passed away. Through her grief, Ella found ways to choose life by reading scripture, writing letters, coloring, caring for her plants, and doing jigsaw puzzles with her friends at Parkside Homes. She returned to the Lord on June 6, 2018 with her son Dale at her side.
She is preceded in death by Art Wiebe, her first husband, and David Fast, her second husband, as well as her parents, Edward and Bertha Voth, brothers Daniel and Edward, and sister Lois Schlender. She leaves behind her six children and 10 grandchildren: Bev Wiebe, Hesston, KS, mother of Michael and caregiver of Lisa; Janice Wiebe and Ben Ollenburger, Elkhart, IN, and their daughters Mary and Katherine; Carl and Marcella Wiebe, Denver, CO, and their son Daniel; Dale and Elizabeth Wiebe, Pine Grove, CA, and their sons Aaron and Nathan; Glenn and Maura Wiebe, Hillsboro, KS, and their children Jacob and Erin; and Virgil Wiebe and Susan Schmidt, St. Paul, MN, and their children Margaret and Lucas. Her two stepsons and their eight children also survive her—Eddie and Joan Morales, Cincinnati, OH, and their children Jose, Antonio, Carlos, Liset, Alex, and Celina; and Paul and Anita Fast, Bolingbrook IL, and their daughters Elizabeth and Abigail—as do her brother Harold and sister-in-law Marcyene, Fresno, CA.