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Louise Beatrice Fields, age 85, of Joplin, Mo., transitioned to be with the Lord on October 27th, 2017, following a short illness.
Louise was born on October 24th, 1932, to the late Wade and Rosetta Ormand Barksdale, in Emelle, Ala., from that union she was one of 10 children. The family moved to Joplin in the late 1950s. Louise was a housekeeper in private homes for 20 plus years before returning to school to obtain her LPN license. She went on to have a 25 year career before retiring from St. John's Medical Center.
In 1951, she married Lieutenant Burton, preceding her in death. This union was blessed with four children.
In 1972, she married Chester Fields, preceding her in death, where the union was blessed with two children.
Louise was a Christian who served God for many years and loved to talk about our Lord and graciously served as an usher and was head of the Usher Board and Mission Board for several years. Louise had a very kind nature and she loved a good conversation. She was known for her friendly spirit and her kindness towards other people. She will be greatly missed.
Louise is survived by two sons, David Fields, of Joplin, Danny Fields, of Oklahoma City, Okla., three daughters, Bertha Burton, of Joplin, Rosie Lee and husband, Bernard, of Houston, Texas, Laura Fields-Jackson and husband, Leeroy, of Joplin; two stepdaughters, Kathy Britt and Kristen Cain; grandson, Tierre Fields, who was raised by Chester and Louise; 14 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren, nine great-great-grandchildren; one brother, R.L. Barksdale and wife, Claira, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; four sisters, Kathy Monroe and Letha Chadida, both of Lee's Summit, Mo., Arlene Samuels and Johnnie Mae Johnson, of Kansas City, Mo.; and numerous in-laws, nieces nephews, extended family and many friends. Louise was preceded in death by her parents; two husbands; her daughter, Stephanie Burton; a granddaughter, Raven Fields; a brother, J.B. Barksdale; and four sisters, Susie Barksdale, Vandora Cox, Pearl Gilmore and Magnolia Robertson.
Louise's Home Going Celebration will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, November 3, at the Mason-Woodard Chapel. Pastor Samuel Nero, will officiate. Burial will follow at Parkway Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be given to Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church, in care of the mortuary.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Mason-Woodard Mortuary & Crematory.
Published on October 31, 2017
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