Barbara Mae Fields
of Johnson CityBarbara Mae Fields, 89, of Johnson City, passed on to Glory Thursday, July 28, 2005, at Wilson Memorial Regional Medical Center. She was predeceased by four children, Rhoda, Gilbert, Nettie Mae and Leslie, Jr.; four brothers; and five sisters. She is survived by her husband of 75 years, Rev. Leslie Fields, Sr., Johnson City; six daughters, Lillie Colvin, Margie Powell, Saundra Porter, Louise Amar, Dorothea Cornwell, all of Binghamton; and Mary Mikulski, Johnson City; one son, Walter Fields, Binghamton. In addition to their children, Barbara and Rev. Fields have 75 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, 10 great-great-grandchildren, and counting; also many nieces, nephews and cousins. "Muffer" was a loving mother to a host of non-family members. Barbara Mae was a member, deaconess and missionary of Our Free Will Baptist Church where she was the wife of the Pastor. She was the first advocate and participant of the Model Cities Program. She was named the one and only Mother of the Year in 1985 by the Binghamton Business and Professional Association. She and Rev. Fields received a proclamation for the celebration of their 75 years of marriage from former President and Mrs. Bill Clinton. She was a Grand Daughter Ruler of the I.B.P.O.E. of W., the former Sarah Allen Temple #274, Binghamton, for 10 years. She will always be remembered for her kind heart, friendly smile, undaunting spirit, selflessness and her unpretentious love for family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at Our Free Will Baptist Church on Tuesday, August 2, 2005, at 1:00 p.m. with her grandson, the Rev. Dr. Bruce Fields, Ph.D., officiating. Entombment will be in Vestal Hills Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. and Tuesday at Our Free Will Baptist Church from noon until the time of service. Expressions of sympathy in her memory may be made to Our Free Will Baptist Church, 80 Front Street, Binghamton, N.Y. 13905.
Published in Press & Sun-Bulletin on Jul. 30, 2005.