Fern Mast - December 01, 2008
Fern Leben Mast Crafts, age 88, died Dec. 1, 2008 in Delta, Utah. She was born Dec. 17, 1919, in Holyoke to Walter E. and Anna Schmidt Leben.
Fern was raised on a farm in Northeast Colorado where she attended the local schools in Amherst and Holyoke. Following graduation, she moved to the Denver area where she had various jobs including working as a “Rosie the Riveter” in the war effort.
As a member of the USO, Fern met Bill Crafts at a USO-sponsored dance. They were married two years later on March 13, 1946 and moved to Deseret, Utah, where they raised two sons. Bill died in 1963.
Fern then attended Provo Technical School and was later employed by the Bureau of Reclamation in Salt Lake City, Utah.
She married Charles Mast in 1968 in Salt Lake City. He died in 1984. She returned to the Delta, Utah area in 1998 to be closer to her family.
Fern was a lifelong devoted worker in the Lutheran Church, holding many positions including representative of Utah in the Missouri Synod. She was an astute student of the Bible and lived her life accordingly.
She is survived by sons Terry Crafts and his wife Pat of Sugarville, Utah and Arlan and his wife Jean Crafts of Delta, Utah; grandchildren Rustin Crafts and Amanda and her husband R.L. Robison; brother Wayne Leben; sisters Betty and her husband Gene Brown and Fay and her husband Gene Rockwell; sisters-in-law Helen Leben and Yvonne and her husband Boyce Wernet.
She was preceded in death by brothers Rex Leben and Ray Leben and sister-in-law Virginia Leben.
Graveside services were held Dec. 8 in the Deseret, Utah Cemetery, under the direction of Nickle Mortuary.