M. Jean Fields

March 15, 1919 ‒ October 23, 2007

Marion, Ohio

M. Jean Fields, age 88, of Marion, died on Tuesday morning, October 23, 2007, at her Kingston Residence.

Jean was born at her grandfather’s farm in Marion, Ohio, on March 15, 1919, the daughter of the late Paul and Dorothy Guy Lawrence.

She was a member of the Claridon High School class of 1936 and attended the Marion Business College. Shortly thereafter she married her loving husband Royal M. Fields on March 25, 1939 in Marion. They spent nearly 60 wonderful years together until his death in 1997. Aside from a short time in Galion they have been active members of the Claridon community.

While Jean was a very talented and intelligent woman she understood how important her role was as wife, mother, and homemaker. With Royal working on the farm it was Jean’s responsibility to maintain their home and be there for the children during the day.

After the children left the house Jean became bored. She worked for Central Soya doing their payroll, a position she held for five years. She also worked with her sister at a local grocery store.

Together with Royal, she traveled the world from Africa to Europe, from Hawaii to the North Canadian Rockies, China, and Alaska. Their amazing trips created memories she cherished until the end.

Jean was a member of the Salem Evangelical Church. She was also a 60-year member of the Claridon Homemaker Club.

Family functions were always memorable with Jean’s wonderful cooking especially her cherry pie.

Jean also enjoyed a good round of golf going out on the links with “the girls”.

Left to cherish her memory are her children and grandchildren; daughter Gwen (Harry) Kramer of Marion and their children Suzanne (Paul) Loyer and Ted (Deana) Kramer; son Gary N. (Marilyn) Fields of Granville and their children Jason (Jessica) Fields, Adam (Danielle) Fields, and Jonathan Fields; daughter Carol Burton of Caledonia and her children Patrick (Debbie) Burton, Leigh Ann (Keith) Wayne, Paul (Suzanne) Burton, and Luke (Valerie) Burton; and daughter Charley (Jim) Trafzer of Caledonia and their children Ben (Serena) Trafzer and Sara Trafzer. She is also survived by 21 great grandchildren; 2 step great grandchildren and by twin brother and sister, John (Peg) Lawrence and Dorothy Plough both of Marion.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Don Burton, and brothers Herbert and Don Lawrence.

Jean’s 8 grandsons will be pallbearers: Ted Kramer, Jason , Adam, and Jonathan Fields, Patrick, Paul, and Luke Burton, and Ben Trafzer.

Her family will greet friends on Thursday from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home, 360 E. Center St., Marion. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 26, 2007 at the Salem Evangelical Church, 232 E. Church St. Marion, with Pastor J. Patrick Street officiating, where friends may call during the hour prior to the services. Burial will follow in the Claridon Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Evangelical Church or to Hospice Marion General Hospital, 1000 McKinley Park Drive, Marion, Ohio 43302.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.