Mary Lee Fast

Mary Lee Fast

Mary Lee Fast, a long-time resident of Ravenswood, passed away on January 10, 2022 at the age of 97. Mary Lee was born in Charleston, the youngest child and only daughter of Ira and Osie Warner. Having four older brothers probably contributed to her feisty nature and determined spirit. She graduated from Charleston High School in 1941 and worked at the telephone company, earning money to continue her education at Morris Harvey College (now the University of Charleston). She graduated from there in 1948 with a degree in secondary education.

In 1950, she married Robert Lee (Bob) Fast. They lived in Charleston until moving to Ravenswood in 1956, when Bob began working at the newly established Kaiser Aluminum Chemical Corporation plant there. They raised three daughters, Deborah, Cathy, and Becky. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, and her daughter, Deborah. In addition to Cathy, married to Donald Heald, and Becky, married to Paul Linton, she leaves three grandchildren, Jennifer Heald Kidwell married to Jonathan, Robert Heald married to Erika Kallio Heald, and Andrew Linton. Mary Lee adored her great grandchildren, Lucy and Simon Kidwell and Theodore Heald.

Mary Lee loved teaching. She started her career teaching junior high school science in Kanawha County. After taking time off with her young children, she began teaching math at Ravenswood High School in 1966. She was a highly effective teacher, who respected her students and earned their respect in return. In 1984, she joined Bob in retirement, spending time traveling and pursuing hobbies. She enjoyed keeping up with former students and took pleasure in sharing stories about encountering them after they had begun their own careers. She was especially delighted when one of them telephoned to ask her to help HIS child with math homework.

Her talents extended beyond teaching. Working in fiber arts was a great outlet for her mathematical mind, and many loved ones possess treasures that were lovingly sewn, knitted, smocked, or woven by Mary Lee. Her creations are truly works of art.

Anyone who knew Mary Lee knew that she loved to sing. Sharing her beautiful, clear soprano voice was a favorite way to share her faith, and members of the First United Methodist Church were blessed by the gift of her voice for many years. She often sang as she went about her daily routine, to the delight of her family and friends. Conversations with loved ones often had musical detours. Someone would say something that reminded her of a song, and she would begin to sing, with others joining in.

A celebration of her life will be held on Monday, March 7, at 11:00 AM at the First United Methodist Church, 719 Flinn St., in Ravenswood. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (https:// Roush Funeral Home in Ravenswood is in charge of arrangements.

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