Doris H. Fields, 94

Volunteer, homemaker

January 06, 2008|By Sumathi Reddy

Doris Henderson Fields, a devout churchgoer, volunteer and homemaker, died of congestive heart failure Wednesday in her apartment at Heartlands Senior Living Village in Ellicott City. She was 94.

Born Doris Sophie Henderson in Colorado Springs, Colo., she graduated as valedictorian from Colorado Springs High School in 1931. She went on to the University of Colorado, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated cum laude in 1935 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry.

She met her husband, Charles V. Fields, in a hiking club, said her son, John R. Fields of Princeton Junction, N.J.

The couple married in 1936 and settled in Pittsburgh. There Mrs. Fields helped start the Women's Club of Churchill Boro. She served as club president and in various other positions. Mrs. Fields was also a longtime member of a women's group at South Avenue United Methodist Church.

"Her Christian faith was very important to her," said her son. "She was a devout lady and a regular attendee of services at Heartlands."

Mrs. Fields returned to school and received a master's in education from the University of Pittsburgh in 1966.

The couple moved in 1982 to New Bern, N.C. The couple moved to The Forest At Duke continuing-care community in Durham, N.C., in 1992, where Mrs. Fields was named Volunteer of the Year in 2003.

Mr. Fields died in 2003. Mrs. Fields moved to Ellicott City in 2006 to be closer to her family.

Services were held yesterday.

In addition to her son, Mrs. Fields is survived by a daughter, Jean Smith of Clarksville, Ark.; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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