Dorothy Groneman Fields, 88, of Wildorado, died Sunday, March 2, 2014.
Celebration of life services will be at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Vega United Methodist Church with David Bonnell, pastor, and Donnie Allred officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers in Vega.
Dorothy married Orville Henry Groneman on June 21, 1941. They lived on their farm southwest of Vega before moving to Vega where Orville built a new Gulf gasoline station on Route 66 and a new home for the growing family as they welcomed Kiven Reed and 18 months later, Orvilla Ann. Dorothy was a stay at home Mom until Orville’s untimely death in 1961. She began working at First State Bank of Vega in 1962 and worked as bookkeeper and drive thru teller for the remainder of her 30 year career.
She and Orville joined the Vega United Methodist Church where Orville was instrumental in helping plan the new church home. Dorothy was active in the Methodist Women’s church and community events. She also attended Thursday morning Bible Study at First Christian Church of Amarillo.
On Nov. 8, 1976, she married Thomas Jefferson Fields. Their marriage happily blended two families with grown children and young grandchildren. So many happy memories spring from visits and holidays to their home in Vega and the annual vacation to the Holy Ghost Canyon near Terrerro, N.M. Trips to and with Mamaw and Papaw were a highlight in everyone’s lives. Dorothy and Tom enjoyed travel whether fishing nearby or in Alaska, visiting family and friends all across the US, Canada and as far as Wales, UK or sightseeing the blue bonnets in central and south Texas. They went to Alaska several times even taking part of a summer to drive there.
Tom died on Sept. 13, 1996. Dorothy remained in her home until 2001, at which time she moved to Wildorado to live with Randy and Orvilla.
Dorothy is remembered most for being a wonderful wife, mother, sister, aunt, employee and friend. We loved her gentle kind spirit and her way to your heart with her hospitality and food. Whether it be family get-togethers, reunions, delivery to a business or individuals and don’t forget her famous banana blueberry and coconut pies prepared for Randy’s of Wildorado, she touched most that she knew with her gift. We all have our favorite recipes of hers and there are many.
Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Lucille; husbands, Orville and Tom; and son Kiven.
The family gives special thanks to the caregivers at Baptist Anthony’s Hospice for their loving care of Dorothy.
She is survived by her brothers, Earl Dean (Britch) Hopson of Round Rock;.Alfred Glenn Hopson, (Mary Jo) of Moriarty, N.M.; sister-in-law Billie Hopson of Amarillo; daughter and son-in-law, Orvilla Ann and Randy Allred of Wildorado; daughter-in-law Julie Johnston Groneman of Rio Rancho, N.M; and two step-daughters, Ethel Diana Fields Hawks of San Antonio and Ellen Francine Fields of Medford, Ore. She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, Douglas Cavin of Wildorado; Cari Allred Harvey of Amarillo; Tara Groneman (Wes Barrett) of Albuquerque; Ian Groneman of Rio Rancho; Brandie Allred Hefner (Kyle) of White Deer; Hope Allred Stephens (Brannon) of Bay City; Joshua Friedberg, (Tien) of Irvine, Calif.; Kehmay Friedberg Arriola (Mark) of Kalaheo, Kauai, Hawaii; Laura Amen-Kroeger (Chris) of Berkeley; Trevor Kroeger of Canyon; 14 great-grandchildren, Belicia Harvey; Brennan Harvey; Brighton Babiash all of Amarillo; Phillip Hefner of White Deer; Kolbie Hefner of League City; Jesse Hefner of Pampa; Kassie Hefner of White Deer; Alex Stephens of Bay City; Braddon Stephens of Bay City; Lucia Friedberg of Irvine; Carter Arriola of San Antonio; Makena Arriola of Kalaheo, Kauai; Megan Amen-Kroeger of Berkeley; Ashton Amen-Kroeger, Berkeley and two great-great-grandchildren, Decklin Thornton and Paisley Stephens both of Bay City.
The family suggests memorials be made to Vega United Methodist Church, 9th, Vega, TX 79092; Memorial Park Cemetery at Vega, Box 492, Vega, TX 79092.
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