1944 Marie Fast Workentine Neufeld, 93, of Dallas died May 21, 2011 in Salem. Oregon.
She was born to Peter K. and Lena Scheirling Fast in Litchfield, Neb. Marie completed the eighth grade and attended Grace College of the Bible in Omaha, Neb., and Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.
She worked at Grace Children’s Home in Henderson, Neb., where she met her first husband, John H. Workentine. They were married on March 29, 1946, and to this union had a daughter, Sandra Mae, and a stillborn son, David. John died on Aug. 7, 1949.
In 1952, Marie packed her car and she and Sandy headed west to Dallas, where family lived. Once settled, Marie worked several jobs cleaning houses, churches and office buildings. In 1959 she met and married Rubin J. Neufeld and moved to Sutherlin. Later they moved to Roseburg and then to Dallas, where she remained until her death. While living in Dallas she and Rubin managed the Metro Gardens and Metro Villa apartments for many years until Rubin’s death.
Marie was a member of Evangelical Bible Church in Dallas, where she was in charge of the Primary Sunday School Department and Whirlybirds. She later worked in the AWANA Sparks program, MOPS and Ladies Missionary Fellowship, where she was in charge of making picture books for rest home residents. She loved embroidering and made many quilts for family and friends. She loved cooking and making Verenika for the family whenever they gathered.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, John H. Workentine and Rubin J. Neufeld; brothers, Abe and Pete Fast; and sisters, Katherine Adrian and Ann Fast.
Survivors include her daughter, Sandra (Neil) Christensen of Bellingham, Wash.; stepchildren, Karen (James) Hostettler of Brownsville, John Neufeld of Salem and Jack (Janet Lee) Neufeld of Cheyenne, Wyo.; brother Dan (Maysel) Fast of Salem, Lena Gookin of Galva, Kan., and Bertha Workentine of Grafton, Neb.; eight grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Graveside service is Thursday, May 26, at 9:30 a.m. at Dallas Cemetery. A memorial service follows at 10:30 a.m. at Evangelical Bible Church. Contributions are suggested to the “roofing project” at the church in care of Dallas Mortuary Tribute Center.