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 at Vega, 110 Main.
Dorothy married Orville Henry Groneman on June 21, 1941. They lived on their farm southwest of Vega before moving to Vega where Orville built and new Gulf gasoline station on Rte. 66, and a new home of 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 November 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, NM. 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 in September 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, Round Rock,TX. Alfred Glenn Hopson, (Mary Jo) Moriarty, NM; sister-in-law Billie Hopson, Amarillo, TX; daughter and son-in-law, Orvilla Ann and Randy Allred., Wildorado, TX; daughter-in-law Julie Johnston Groneman, Rio Rancho, NM ;and 2 step daughters Ethel Diana Fields Hawks, San Antonio, TX; and Ellen Francine Fields, Medford, OR. She also leaves behind 10 grandchildren, Douglas Brent Cavin of Wildorado TX, Cari Carmen Allred Harvey of Amarillo, TX, Tara Dorothy Groneman (Wes Barrett) of Albuquerque, NM, Ian Glenn Groneman of Rio Rancho, NM, Brandie Kay Allred Hefner (Kyle) of White Deer, TX, Hope Chastity Allred Stephens (Brannon) of Bay City, TX, Joshua Edward Friedberg, (Tien) of Irvine, CA, Kehmay Leslie Friedberg Arriola (Mark) of Kalaheo, Kauai, HI, Laura Katherine Amen-Kroeger (Chris) of Berkeley, CA,
Trevor Thomas Kroeger of Canyon, TX, 14 great-grandchildren, Belicia Dior Harvey of Amarillo, Brennan Noble Harvey of Amarillo, TX, Brighton Tylea Babiash of Amarillo, TX, Phillip Dean Hefner of White Deer, TX, Kolbie Elizabeth Hefner of League City, TX, Jesse Cowlyn Hefner of Pampa, TX, Kassie McKinley Hefner of White Deer, TX, Alex Breann Stephens of Bay City, TX, Braddon Clay Stephens of Bay City, TX, Lucia Anh Friedberg of Irvine, CA, Carter Hawks Arriola of San Antonio, TX, Makena Sian Arriola of Kalaheo, Kauai, HI, Megan Elise Amen-Kroeger of Berkeley, CA, Ashton William Amen-Kroeger, Berkeley, CA, and 2 great-great-grandchildren, Decklin Kade Thornton of League City, TX and Paisley Hope Stephens of Bay City, TX.
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.
Viewing will be from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Vega United Methodist Church.