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Updated: 05/09/2014 08:00:01AM

Mary Wildon Hasty

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Mary Wildon Hasty, 94, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Thursday, May 8, 2014.

Mary, the youngest of 10 children, was born in Bereah (rural Polk County), Fla., halfway between Fort Meade, Fla., and Frostproof, Fla.

She lived her younger years in Polk and Hardee County, Fla., and moved to DeSoto County, Fla., 70 years ago. In February 1937, she married J.W. Hasty, and they began their life together, establishing many DeSoto County businesses, including City Cab, Peace River Moving & Storage, and Hasty Ice. At one time, they owned and operated a small motel in Maggie Valley, N.C. It was the cab business that Mary enjoyed most, since it allowed her the freedom to get out driving, meeting and talking to people. Later, they owned and managed their own orange groves.

Mary is survived by her son, Jerrill “Wayne” (Judy) Hasty of Arcadia; daughter, Virginia (Lowell) Liskey of Arcadia; four grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frances B. and Mary V. (nee Sanders) Waters; nine siblings; and her beloved husband of 73 years, J.W. Hasty.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 12, 2014, at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Arcadia. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Florida Baptist Children’s Home, 1015 Sikes Blvd., Lakeland, FL 33815. Online condolences can be made at

Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia.

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