Betty Marie Fields
March 17, 1932 – January 17, 2018
Betty Marie (Allen) Fields passed away peacefully, with her husband by her side, on January 17, 2018 in Wilbur, Washington. Betty was born on March 17, 1932 in Ogden, Utah to Lillis and Leon Ross Allen. She was baptized and confirmed on March 2, 1941, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ogden, Utah. Like many other families in the Grand Coulee area, Betty’s family moved here in the 1940’s so that her father could go to work on the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam. They made their home in Lone Pine; Betty attended school nearby in Elmerton Elementary in Elmer City, WA. She later attended Mason City School, which changed to Coulee Dam School. Betty treasured her time as a child with her grandfather, Walter, and the many bowls of ice cream they shared. Betty enjoyed various activities in school; she was a proud Coulee Dam Beavers cheerleader, played the bass drum in marching band, and excelled in her schoolwork. Outside of school, she worked as a soda jerk, was a newspaper girl, was an usher at the local theater and also served as a lifeguard. Betty began dating the love of her life, William Eugene “Gene” Fields in 1949. They were married her senior year, in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on March 10, 1950. Betty Graduated from Coulee Dam High School in 1950. Gene and Betty welcomed three boys into the world over the next few years; Gene Lea, Edward Raymond and Robert Allen Fields. Feeling as though their family wasn’t quite complete, Betty and Gene adopted a little girl; Sara Ann Fields in August of 1964. Betty was a mother and wife, first and foremost. She worked several part-time jobs throughout her life; she continued to work as a lifeguard at the local beach. She also worked as a telephone operator, repeating through the day, “Number please?” In her spare time, she enjoyed making wedding cakes, sewing quilts and stuffed animals, and painting artwork. Their family moved around a bit for Gene’s work, but stayed strongly rooted in the Grand Coulee area, where she and Gene eventually retired. They were blessed with many grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all of whom she spent as much time with as possible. Betty was truly an incredible woman and will be deeply missed by those whose lives she touched. Betty was predeceased by her parents, and two brothers, Walter and Eugene. She is survived by her husband, Gene, and her four children: Gene Fields, Ed Fields, Rob Fields (Nina), and Sara Himebauch (Dan), as well as her nine grandchildren: Chris Fields, Jennifer Schwartz (Mike), Shawn Helgerson (Jessica), Aubrey Bammer, Jillian Coffey (Richie), Stormy Bailey (Isaac), Clayton Fields, Ashley Fields, and Lucus Fields. She is also survived by eight great-grandchildren. A 1:00pm celebration of life for Betty will be held Saturday, January 20, 2018 officiated by Pastor Clifford Bresee at Strate Funeral Home in Grand Coulee, WA. Please sign her online register at stratefunerhome.com. Strate Funeral Home of Grand Coulee, Washington is honored to be serving Betty’s family.
- Celebration of Life Saturday, January 20, 2018
Betty Marie Fields
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February 2, 2018
Gene and Rob, Please know how sorry we are in the loss of your Mom. Your Mom was such a nice lady. Wishing you comfort in the days ahead of you. Tom and Jana Langley
Alice and Jim Frost
January 22, 2018
Betty was one of the first persons we met when we moved to the Coulee in l962.
She and Gene welcomed us and showed us around the area. Betty was a lovely lady.
January 20, 2018
Our hearts and prayers go out to the Fields family at there time of loss. I have memories of Betty and Gene dancing at the eagles lodge, beautiful couple!
Pat and Julie Sherratt.
January 19, 2018
Our Deepest Sympathy with the loss of your Mom.
Tim and Sharon Coen