Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Margie Faye Fields, age 82, of Cassville, Missouri, passed away on Monday, February 3, 2014, at her home as she had hoped.

She was born March 18, 1931, near Trench Creek in Barry County, the second daughter of Howard Banks and Faye (Norman) Banks. On July 20, 1949, she married Max D. Fields and began her loving partnership for 62 years. Max preceded her to heaven in 2012.

Surviving her are her two sons, Gary Fields and his wife, Gayle; Eric Fields and his wife, Francita; her two grandsons, Zak Fields and his wife, Toni; Blake Fields and his wife, Kelsey; her two most precious great-grandsons, Oliver Michael Fields and Max Payne Fields.

She is also survived by her sister, Betty Mae Neeley and husband, Bob; her brother Ronnie Banks and wife, Juanita; her brother, James Banks and wife, Betty Jean. Her nieces and nephews, which she adored as her own: "Her girls" Tessie Neeley-McGee, Vicki Neeley, Kay Neeley, Debbie Banks-Ross, Linda Banks-Townsend, Anita Banks-Lowe, Tammy Banks-Rowden. "Her boys" Jeff Banks and Kevin Banks. All of her great nieces and nephews had a special place in her heart. Her friends were forever and dear. She had a special bond with her caregivers Debbie Thomas and Stacy Brock.

Margie lived in Barry County her entire life. She graduated from Cassville High in 1949, and married Max that summer, then accompanied him through college and teaching until settling in Cassville in 1952, to operate Fields' Photo. She worked at the studio frequently and accompanied Max to many weddings, family gatherings and photo shoots. Many people have her "hand tinted" portraits hanging in their homes. She was a member of the Mill Street Church of Christ.

After selling Fields' Photo in 1995, she and Max set out to see North America in their motor home. She enjoyed keeping a log of their travels and making scrapbooks of pictures and memorabilia of their journeys. Longing to see her much beloved family and friends seemed to be the only thing that would make Max turn the motor home toward Cassville.

Her favorite pastimes were collecting butterflies and playing games aggressively to win. Additionally, being a worrywart, she was concerned about the welfare of everyone she knew.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, February 7, 2014, in Fohn Funeral Home, Cassville. There will be a private burial at a later date.

Contributions may be made to Hospice Compassus or Cassville Senior Center in memory of Margie.

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