Ila Dea Fields

Ila Dea Fields

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Ila Dea Ames Fields went to her heavenly reward on March 5, 2020 after a prolonged illness. Dea was born in Mooreland, OK on November 12, 1938 to Weber Durant and Blanche Willie (Lintner) Ames, the oldest of three children. Dea grew up in the Curtis and Mooreland communities and attended grades one through eight at Curtis school. She then attended Mooreland schools graduating in the spring of 1957. During these early years, she was active in 4-H Club activities and won many blue ribbons for her sewing and cooking skills.

On July 4, 1957 she was united in marriage to Gary L. Fields at the home of her parents. They established their first home in south Oklahoma City and Dea attended and graduated from Draughon’s Business College in 1959. She was baptized at the age of nineteen at the Southwest Church of Christ by longtime minister Lewis Hale. She remained a faithful Christian the rest of her life and enjoyed teaching in the pre-school department at Southwest and Memorial Road Church of Christ and especially enjoyed teaching babies and toddlers. She was an excellent seamstress and quilter and a very good cook and was well known for her delicious hot yeast rolls and cinnamon rolls. She also enjoyed reading, water aerobics and traveling having visited 35 of the 50 U. S. states and several places in South and Latin America, Europe and Africa.

Gary and Dea have enjoyed sixty-two years of marriage and were blessed by daughter Sherri and two sons Steven and Stacey. Over the years their home has also been blessed at times by the inclusion of some family members, friends and students including a Vietnamese brother and sister from Saigon. After her children were in school she worked part-time at several insurance companies. After moving to Edmond in mid-year 1969, she worked in the Athletic Dept. at Oklahoma Christian University as an administrative assistant for twenty-years, retiring in 2001. Before and after retirement she enjoyed volunteer work at Edmond Meals on Wheels as a cook and she worked many years as a judge for the Oklahoma County Election Board. She had an infectious smile, an unusual laugh, a fun loving and outgoing personality and was always looking for a humorous play on words or a good pun. She was always ready to tell you a story about the misuse of her preferred name “Dea” such as when authorities at the Miami Intl. Airport questioned why she had stenciled DEA on the side of her trunk when traveling to Bolivia to help with a new grandson.

Dea was preceded in death by her parents, several aunts and uncles and youngest brother Albert. She is survived by her brother, Eldon Ames, (Enid) Sister-in-law Carolyn Ames (Mooreland), sister-in law Geneva Sue Fields (CA) and niece Gina (Ames) Carroll (Edmond). She is also survived by daughter Sherri Hines (Ken), sons Steven (Kay) and Stacey (Terri), seven grandchildren, Kelli, Amy and Brad Hines, Lily Fields, and Ben, Isaac and Eli Fields and by numerous cousins other relatives and friends The family is especially grateful for the invaluable service provided to Dea the past three years by the many wonderful Companion at Home Hospice and day care workers, caregiver Kayla Sheldon and the many visits and assistance from the ladies of the Empty Nesters/Nines Bible class. Having suffered the disabling effects of Cortical Basal Ganglionic Degeneration (CBGD) the past several years she has decided to donate her body to medical research so that additional research might be performed about this little known disease.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Memorial Road Church of Christ.

Memorials in honor of Dea may be made to the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, In Search of the Lord’s Way, or Memorial Road Church of Christ-Missions.

10 thoughts on “Ila Dea Fields”

  1. She was a great friend since 1974. We went many places together. I already miss her.

    1. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. You have my deepest sympathy. It sounds like she was an amazing Christian wife, mother, and grandmother! Many blessings to the family.
      In His name,
      Linda McNair

  2. Mary Jo deSteiguer

    When I moved to Edmond in 2007, Dea was one of the first to greet me and welcome me into the Church activities and services. I will always remember her precious smile and words of encouragement. She is missed!!!

  3. Beth Sheldon

    Dea was such a jewel of a Godly woman!! We loved giggling and being silly in water aerobics at OC for years, loving her fabulous recipes like Jelled Cranberry Salad “to die for!“ but more importantly sharing together our faith in God through our trials and challenges. She had a rock solid faith that touched the lives of young and old alike. We all are so thrilled that she is now free of all her pain and rejoiced at hearing our Savior say “Well done, good and faithful servant!” Can’t wait to see you once again whole and smiling with that million dollar smile! Love you, sweet angel!!! ?

  4. Gerald & Kay Whitfield

    Sorry for your loss. Your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    God bless and keep you,

  5. Jacqui Rash

    Sorry to learn about your mother. You are in my prayers. Now I know where you get your amazing smile and joy She sounds like a lovely lady.

  6. Judy henbest

    Heart is sad. She never missed my birthday or Christmas with a card or presents since 1991.
    I was very proud to know the fields and thanksgiving dinners with them were my favorite memories.

  7. Mary Ann Starr Ools

    Our condolences and prays for Gary and family during this time of loss. May the warmth of love from family and friends comfort you and the Lord’s blessings abound toward you. She was an awesome woman and will be missed.


    Dea was an awesome person and great sister in law. Thought this poem I found was a way of telling her goodbye.
    “For all of us you gave your best.
    Now the time has come for you to rest.
    So go in peace, you’ve earned your sleep,
    Your love in our hearts,
    We’ll eternally keep”

    God Bless you until we meet again!

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