Mary Louvene Sanders Fields

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Mary Louvene Sanders Fields of Carthage, NC, passed away at home, surrounded by her family, on October 7, 2023. Mary was a beautiful, kind, and loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. Her love for her family was steadfast and boundless. She enjoyed listening to music, reading, dancing, shopping, and traveling with D.A., but most of all spending time with her family.

Born on November 26, 1935, in Eagle Springs, North Carolina, Mary was one of eleven children. Mary was preceded in death by her husband of 51 years, Doctor A. “D.A./Doc” Fields, her parents, Grover C. Sanders and Nepsie E. McKenzie Sanders, brothers Raymond, Reid, J.D., Clark, and Major Sanders, and sisters Monnie Jones, Velna Newberry, Vida Richardson, Geraldine Moore, and Faye Sanders.

Mary is survived by daughter Kim Fields and husband Curt Schmeck; son David Fields and wife Jessie Fields; grandchildren, Taylor Schmeck, Mary Schmeck, Doctor Fields, Ella Fields, and Tula Fields; sisters-in-law, Dora Maness, and Lorraine Williams; and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22, 2023, at Cool Springs Methodist Church, Carthage, NC, 28327, followed by visitation in the church fellowship hall.

The family would like to thank all of Mary’s caregivers and First Health Hospice & Palliative Care for their wonderful care of Mary during her illness. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Health Hospice & Palliative Care, P.O. Box 3000, Pinehurst, NC 28374.

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Fry & Prickett Funeral Home is honored to serve the Fields family.

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  1. My beautiful Aunt Lou who always treated me like one of her own. I have so many fond memories of time spent with her and my Uncle DA. They both had a hand in molding me into who I am today. Much love to Kim and David and their families.

  2. It is with sincere condolences to Kim and David for the loss of your Mother. It has been many years since I saw Lou, but when I did see her it was at your Grandparents and my Great Great Uncle Gover and Aunt Nep. She was always nice to us kids back then. Each of you will be in my thoughts and prayers now and in the days ahead. May God Bless each of you.

  3. Aunt Lou was such an incredible woman of grace and elegance! She is so loved and will be missed by all. Prayers for strength for Kim, David and family during this difficult time.

  4. I first met Lou in 1979, when she and Doc dropped off their daughter, Kim, at Marshall. I have many, many fond memories of times spent with Lou and Doc over the intervening years. I have recipes in my recipe box that were Lou’s, and I think of her each time I make them. Lou was a beautiful lady, both inside and out. She will be missed by so many. My sympathies to Kim, David, and all her loved ones.

  5. My heart goes out to David, Kim, and all of Lou’s beloved family and friends. Hoping many lovely memories bring you comfort.

  6. My Aunt Lou was such a wonderful lady. I will always remember our great time at Ashley’s wedding. Those memories and that smile when I was young was always there. She loved us all. My heart goes out to Kim,Curt, David, Jesse and all the nieces and nephews. My heart also goes out to all of Aunt Lous’ family. I know she is giving that smile again being with Uncle DA. Sending much love to all of you.

  7. My sweet Aunt Lou.
    One of the most kind ladies I have ever met. Always made me feel very special when we went to
    West Virginia. It was so fun when Aunt Lou and Uncle DA came to see us too. Mama and Daddy always spoke so highly of them. Both are missed greatly. They are both in heaven together and healed.

  8. A loving heart and beautiful soul, such a blessing to know her , miss you Ladybug, prayers for your family

  9. Aunt Lou loved unconditionally and was my touchstone throughout my life. I grieve for our tremendous loss of her beautiful smile, ready hug, wise counsel, sense of humor and ease in saying “I love you.” Our blessings and prayers, Kim, David, and all her family and friends. My hope is that she and Uncle D.A. are dancing with the angels. I will miss you all the days of my life. I love you 💕

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