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Marianne Fields Smith


1919 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Marianne Fields Smith
Aug. 8, 1919 - Nov. 4, 2013
Resident of Walnut Creek
Marianne Fields Smith, 94, of Walnut Creek, California, passed away after a brief illness on November 4, 2013. Anne was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Henry Shirley Smith on May 8, 2008.
She is survived by her step-son and his wife, Michael W. and Beth Smith, of Ann Arbor, MI and their daughters and families, Kellie, James and Molly of Boston, MA and Stephanie, Johan, Jake, Aidan, James, and Annika of Bloomington, IN.
Marianne was born August 8, 1919 to the late William Wesley Fields and Dolly G. White Fields of Enfield, IL. She was predeceased by brothers, William W. Fields, Jr., Karl W. Fields, and Paris W. Fields and her sister, M. Elinor Fields Holding.
She is survived by nieces and nephews Kaye and Jerry Cantrell, Susan Fields, Linda Parker and Bruce Cleveland, Jean and Bernie Steyer, Wes Fields, John Paris Fields, Scott Fields, James and Robin Holding, and John and Jane Parker.
Anne attended college and secretarial school in Illinois before embarking on a career as a stenographer and secretary in Mt. Vernon, IL, St. Louis, MO and finally in San Francisco for Standard Oil of California. She began a twenty-five year adventure when she took a job in Saudi Arabia in 1946. Soon after she arrived there, she met the love of her life, Hank. She and Hank married on November 20, 1948, on her first leave home. Hank's career in the oil industry with ARAMCO and Tapline took them from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia to Beirut, Lebanon, and finally to New York City in 1968. In 1970, Hank took a job with Bechtel and they moved to San Francisco. In 1973 they moved to Rossmoor in Walnut Creek. Hank commuted in to the city a few days a week while Anne became active in her new community.
Anne was an active volunteer overseas with the American Women's Club, American University Hospital Auxiliary and the . In San Francisco she was active with the World Affairs Council. She spent ten years as a board member of the (Contra Costa County) as well as a volunteer, board member and officer of the Chapter's thrift shop.
There will be no service per Anne's request. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the East Bay, 3470 Buskirk Avenue, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 whose team provided wonderful support during Anne's illness OR to the (Contra Costa County Chapter) 1538 Locust Street, Walnut Creek, CA 94596.

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Published in Contra Costa Times on Nov. 17, 2013
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