Sadie Mast, 90, of Spencer, Okla., died Aug. 23, 2020. She was born May 27, 1930, to Enos Swartzentruber and Magdalena Bender in the Amish community of Kalona, Iowa.
In her mid-20s she moved to Red Lake, Ont., to work at an Indian school where she met Moses Mast, a young Amish man doing alternative service. They married July 28, 1960, in Iowa.
They returned to Canada to serve with Mennonite Voluntary Service in Alberta. While in Canada they adopted two sons. A few years later they moved to Spencer, where they became active members of the community and Moses served as pastor of Spencer Mennonite Church.
From 1987 to 1989, she and Moses were in San Marcos, Honduras, to serve in a camp of Salvadoran refugees. Her time in the camp was life changing, deepening her commitment to being in solidarity with the oppressed as Jesus did. From 1991 to 2007, she served with her husband on the pastoral leadership team at Joy Mennonite Church in Oklahoma City. After retiring from paid pastoral ministry, she continued to be active in the church and the community in many groups. She is remembered for her role in creating or continuing several significant events for peace and justice in Oklahoma City.
She was a friend and mentor to many: young mothers, undocumented immigrants, young adults getting started in activism, prisoners, conscientious objectors and lonely people in her community. She is remembered for her generosity, kindness, and her ability to use gentle means to persuade others. She was extremely frugal, seeing simplicity and solidarity with the poor as a core part of following Jesus. She never let age or other limitations stop her from finding some way to work for good.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Moses Mast; her sons, Marcus and James; and two grandsons.
She was preceded in death by her siblings Elden, Paul, Katie, Barbara, Lovina and Chris.
Memorial donations may be made to Christian Peacemaker Teams, Mennonite Central Committee and Amish Mennonite Aid.