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Mrs. Lela Mae Pitchford Fields

November 12, 1921 ~ May 20, 2022 (age 100)

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         Mrs. Lela Mae Pitchford Fields was born on November 12, 1921, in Terry, Mississippi. Her parents were John Hollis and Edith Mack. She accepted Christ at an early age at Terry Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Terry, Mississippi. Mrs. Fields, affectionately known as "Mama" and "Grandma", departed this life on May 20, 2022. She was the second child born to her parents. Her sister Mrs. Willie Ruth Hollis-Crumps preceded her in death. 

         Mrs. Fields received her education at Terry Elementary School in Terry Mississippi. She spent her life praising, worshiping as well as being a faithful servant to Christ. She would fall asleep praising Him and encouraging her sisters to join in with her. Lela Fields was considered the matriarch of the family, leading with firmness, grace, faith, generosity, compassion, and wisdom. Through the years she has been a caretaker for many of her family members. She was known to honestly speak her mind. She remained strong mentally even though she was 100 years, 8 months and 6 days old. 

         She was particularly neat, self-sufficient, and a caring woman to the end of her life. She always wanted to be independent. She was an amazing woman.

        Lela Mae united in holy matrimony twice. She married Albert Winster (Winston) Pitchford, who preceded her in death. During her second marriage, she joined in holy matrimony with her elementary school sweetheart, Charlie Frank Fields, who also preceded her in death.

         Mrs. Lela Mae lived in Jackson, Mississippi for a number of years, working as a custodian at Jackson State University for 16 years. She became a role model to many of the young people who were attending classes at the gymnasium on Dalton Street. She took pride in her work, and she was adored by bosses, Dr. Hill Williams, Dr. Melvin Evans, Coach Gordon and Dr. Walter Reeves.

         Mrs. Fields leaves to cherish family members: Joe Pitchford (Ruth), Myrtle Russel (Joseph), Bobbie Teat (Jesse) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Edith McKennis (Randy), Betty Pitchford; grandchildren: Adlene French of Mobile, AL; Lisa Collins (deceased); Anthony Jackson (Graciela) of McKinney, TX; Shondra King (Edward) of Memphis, TN; Jamian Jackson (Elaina) of Pflugerville, TX and Joe Pitchford, Jr. of Kansas City, MO; Derike (Lisa) of Kansas City; Lela L. Gaines of Kansas City; Yolanda Pitchford, Randi Welsh (Jamhal) of Slidell, LA; Jeremy Pitchford, Lakiesha T. Willis and Jacquelyn Thomas. She also has 26 great grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews, relatives and friends, One special son, Melvin Allen. 




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