Goldie Mae Groves was born Sept. 24, 1935 to Herbert and Martha Fast in New Deal, Mont. Goldie was the second of three children: older brother Lavern Fast and younger sister DiAnn Mohr.
She died at 83 years old on April 4, 2019 at Sanford Medical Center, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Goldie was baptized on June 28, 1970. She graduated from Freeman High School in 1953. Quentin Groves and Goldie were married on June 27, 1954. While they had no children of their own, they adopted Kathleen Ann when she was 2 months old on their 12th wedding anniversary. In 1972, Goldie and Quentin moved to Freeman, S.D. and started to attend Freeman Missionary Church in 1978. Goldie had a love of music and could often be seen playing the organ and piano during church services.
Goldie spent 38 years working as the receptionist for the Rural Medical Clinic in Freeman, until she retired in 2009. After retirement, Goldie would be asked to help with a record system transition at the Freeman clinic and would spend her time being a very active participant in her local community, driving her friends around town, and doing puzzles in her spare time.
Those who cherish her memory is her child, Kathleen (Asheville, NC) and her husband, Brian Whiteside. She has seven grandchildren: Kody and his wife, Gabrielle Whiteside (Washington, D.C.), Kyle (Wichita, Kan.), Britain (Asheville, N.C.), Keaton (Boiling Springs, N.C.), Brennah and her husband, Clayton Manche (Asheville), Braelyn (Wingate, N.C.) and Kamon (Asheville). She has three great-grandchildren: Giuliana, Rilynn and Jade. She is survived by her younger sister, DiAnn and her husband, Arlen Mohr (Chancellor, S.D.), her sister-in-law, Delores Fast (Valley, Neb.) and her sister-in-law, Lois Goertzen (N. Newton, Kan.).
Goldie was preceded in death by her parents, Herbert and Martha Fast; her husband, Quentin Groves; and her older brother, Lavern Fast.
A time of remembrance was held at the Freeman Missionary Church on Tuesday, April 9, with Rev. Stephen Roussos officiating. Becky Ebbesen was the pianist. Interment was at the Freeman City Cemetery.