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Anna 'Ann' Hastings

| March 18, 2024 3:09 PM

Anna “Ann” Vivian Hastings (Farnik), a beloved figure cherished by her family and community, peacefully passed away March 9, 2024, at the remarkable age of 102. Born on June 13, 1921, in Colorado, Ann lived a long life rich in experiences, love, and compassion.

She married her husband, James Hastings, on Aug. 21, 1939, at the age of 18. Together they had seven children and lived in many places before settling in Moses Lake, Wash., in 1965.

Ann was a beacon of kindness and wisdom to all who knew her. Throughout her century-long journey, Ann touched the lives of countless individuals with her generosity, patience and unwavering optimism.

Raised in a farming community in Colorado, Ann learned the value of hard work and perseverance from an early age. She carried these lessons with her throughout her life, embodying resilience in the face of adversity and always finding strength. She was taught by her parents to be honest, trustworthy and to always help others. 

Through her willingness to give and sacrifice for those around her, Ann was a remarkable example and hero to many. She valued the joy her parents had through helping and serving and wanted to emulate that in her own life. You could never leave her house empty-handed. She always had something to give away and would share with you at least five different ways to use the treasures she had saved. She was an avid thrifter and remarkable at crafts. This would lead her to countless ways to use a foam bowl, or vinyl and fabric scraps. She was also a master of the art of crocheting and shared her gift with everyone. Her family cherishes these crafting treasures and still has many around. We think of her every time we use a potholder or blanket that she made for us. 

Above all else, Ann will be remembered for her unwavering love and devotion to her family. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, whose love knew no bounds. Her legacy of hard work, kindness and strength will live on in those she leaves behind.

The passing of Ann Hastings leaves a void in the lives of all who knew her, but her memory will continue to inspire and uplift us. She is survived by her children, Connie (Jerry) Hakola, Lana Foster, Doug Hastings and Linda Koziol, and approximately 15 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, James, and her sons, Jimmy, Jake and Stanley Hastings.

A celebration of Ann's life will be held March 23, 2024, at Pioneer Memorial in Moses Lake, Wash., where friends and family will gather to pay their respects and share cherished memories of a life well-lived.