Blanche Helen Bowling Burger Fields was born on June 25, 1926, in Lutie (Wilburton), Latimer County to William Orville (W.O. Bill) Bowling and Hollie Bell Yarbrough Bowling. Her mother died when she was two years old. She died Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017.
Family and friends are invited to share memories with the family at the Brumley-Mills Funeral Home from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today, Feb. 21.
Interment will be under the direction of Brumley-Mills Funeral Home in Hartshorne. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, at First Baptist Church in Hartshorne with the Pastor Daniel Miller officiating. Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery in Hartshorne, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband Evans Frank (Baldy) Fields.
Known as Helen, Mrs. Fields received her education and graduated from Wilburton High School in 1944.
On Nov. 8, 1944, she married James Ethan Burger in Wilburton, and had one daughter, Janice Maxine Burger, on June 23, 1947.
On May 1, 1952, she married Evans Frank (Baldy) Fields, and to this union one son was born, Evans Frank (Frankie) Fields,Jr. She and Baldy were married for 65 years and made their home in Hartshorne.
For several years Helen was employed in sales at Montgomery Ward and later at Sears and Roebuck companies. She also worked for 25 years for Rockwell International, formerly North American Aviation and now Boeing, retiring in 1989.
She was a member of Hartshorne Baptist Church where she often helped with Bible school.
She was an active supporter of 4-H and FFA Clubs. She was recognized as an Honorary FFA.
She was also active in politics and was the first woman elected to the Hartshorne City Council.
She was involved in the Hartshorne American Legion and served as the Chaplain of the Wilburton Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary for 20 years. She served as the Family Committee Chairman and helped organize the annual Easter Egg hunt and the children's Halloween Spook House. She loved to bake and took cakes and pies to many VFW functions and fundraisers.
She is survived by two children, Janice Cranor and husband, Frank, of Bartlesville, and Frankie Fields and special friend, Marilyn Turvey, of McAlester. Six grandchildren, Jeffrey Lon McPeak and wife, Shiloh, of Webber Falls, Jason Hardy McPeak and wife, Emmy, of Checotah, Jinger McPeak Hopkins and husband, Paul, of Glenpool, Cameron Evans Fields and wife, Michelle, of McAlester, Seth Kelly and wife, Robyn, of Oklahoma City, and Kristen Murray and husband, Josh, of Quinton.
She was known as "Granny" to her family and many friends, including great-grandchildren, Jayce Lonnie McPeak, Connor Evans Fields, Jade Shawn Marie McPeak, Michael, Ali and Drew Hopkins, Cain and Caison Kelly, Shailey and Corben Pierce, Mabrey Cook, Aubrey, Matthew, Andrew and Adam Murray.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Baldy Fields; her parents; a step-mother, Linda Pink Carnahan Bowling; two sisters, Rose Marie Bowling Ward and Virginia Mae Bowling Karn; a brother, Charles Edward Bowling; two step-sisters, Janet (Dolly) Carnahan Stewart, of Wilburton, and Cora Roberts Gordon, of Alameda, California, and one step-brother, Monte (Buddy) Carnahan, of Wilburton.
She will be fondly remembered for being a spunky woman who spoke her mind and who was a hard worker and never asked anyone to do more than she was willing to do herself. She never met a stranger and was friendly to everyone she came in contact with. She had a giving heart and said the Lord was good to her. When her health deteriorated, she moved to Bartlesville to live with her daughter who provided care in her home. Granny would frequently say that she learned many new things and went to new places while living in Bartlesville.
She was a member of the Washington County Homebuilder's OHCE group. In bad health she stopped attending regular church services but continued to give her tithe each month.
Her family remembers her as a great mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who loved her family, loved fishing, camping and campaigning for her favorite Democrats. She wanted her grandchildren to serve as pallbearers along with David Spears and Chuck Glenn Jr. Honorary pallbearers include Mike and Randy Fields, Chuck Glenn Sr., John Paul Peace and Gerald Sellers.
Published on February 21, 2017