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DeLois Fields
September 8, 1937 - June 16, 2009
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DeLois Neal Fields lost her valiant battle with ovarian cancer surrounded by family and friends at her home in Tracy, California.

Interment will be private at the Tracy Mausoleum.  A celebration of DeLois’ life is being planned for a future date.

DeLois was a private person with many personal accomplishments.  She graduated from high school at the top of her class and was recognized as a Distinguished Student at Central State University in Edmond, Oklahoma.

DeLois moved to California in 1960 as a young bride with her husband Wallace.  She served for 3 years as District Bookkeeper for the Klamath-Trinity Unified School District.  Moving to Turlock, California, in 1963 she spent the next 15 years as a full-time mother.  Returning to work in 1983, she served as the Office Manager for C&A Navarra Ranches and CPC Properties.

As a young girl DeLois taught herself to sew and as an adult became an accomplished seamstress and tailor.  She freely shared her expertise by serving for several years as a 4-H leader.  She also experienced great satisfaction in freely giving her time as a tutor to students who were having difficulty with mathematics.  One of her greatest joys was serving as a Sunday School Teacher for over 30 years with pre-school children.  Her faith was strong and consistent as evidenced by her knowledge of scripture.

DeLois’ treasure was her family.  She was intensely and totally devoted to her 3 children and to her 49-year marriage to Wallace.  She was loved and respected in her neighborhood for her generosity.

Among her most cherished joys was symphonic music.  She made regular trips to the San Francisco Symphony and was a supporter of the San Francisco Youth Symphony.  In recent years she had the opportunity to travel to England, France, Alaska and her favorite Hawaiian island of Kauai.

DeLois is survived by her husband, Wallace, by her daughter Trudi and son-in-law John Mullerworth of Hampshire, England, and by her sons Roland and his wife Wendy of Escondido, California, and Todd of Wailuki on the Hawaiian island of Maui, and a sister, Elaine Woodfolk of Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico.

DeLois will be remembered for her intelligence, honesty, grace, and for treating all individuals with equal respect and compassion.

In lieu of flowers, remembrances can be made in her name to the American Cancer Society.

Fry Memorial Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.  An on-line guest book is available at
Manteca (Calif.) Bulletin
Thursday, June 18, 2009