Kathylin Fields, 87 of Paris, Missouri, passed away on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at Monroe Manor Nursing Home in Paris.
On March 8, 1926, Ira and Opal Griffin Davis of Monroe City, Missouri, Monroe County, were blessed with their first, of what was to be six children, Kathylin. Kathylin attended Holy Rosary School in Monroe City, MO, all twelve years and graduated in 1943. While growing up Kathylin worked at Henderson’s Produce Co. and Tuttle’s Variety Store. Upon gradation from high school Kathylin moved first to Omaha and later to Chicago working in the Defense Industry calibrating and testing the newly invented radar units. Later she moved to Hannibal where she worked in a government affiliated shoe factory, repairing and refurbishing used Army boots during WW II, many of which came from the European and Pacific Theatre caked with mud and blood. Kathylin decided to become a teacher. She attended what was then Northeast Missouri State Teacher’s College in Kirksville, MO during the summer and then during the school year she taught in one room schools in Ralls, Marion and Monroe County. While teaching, Kathylin met WW II Army Veteran Ladell Fields. They were married on September 29, 1950 at Holy Rosary Church in Monroe City, MO. Kathylin and Ladell were the proud parents of six children, and celebrated their love for on another for 46 years until Ladell’s death on July 17, 1997. After the youngest child was in school, Kathylin returned to teaching. She started out by being a substitute teacher in the Paris school system, then she taught at Holliday, MO for three years. Her greatest joy was the opportunity to return to her alma mater Holy Rosary School, where she taught for 16 years before retiring in 1989. Kathylin was a very accomplished seamstress like her mother. She was also very adept at embroidering and did beautiful handwork for the altar cloths at her church. Kathylin helped found St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Paris in 1953 and was a very active and faithful member. She served as a Catechism teacher, Eucharistic minister, lector and a member of the Altar Sodality. Kathylin was proud to be a 64 year member of the Daughters of Isabella. She always had a strong loved for God and a deep, strong faith. Kathylin passed away on April 13, 2013 at Monroe Manor Nursing Home in Paris, Missouri, surrounded by her loved ones. Kathylin is survived by her six children, Eddie Fields of Paris, MO, Jerry (Janell) Fields of Killeen, TX, Ronnie (Angie) Fields of Paris, MO, Fr. Rob Fields of Brunswick, MO, Mary Grace and Gloria Fields, both of Eldon, MO; her siblings, Delores Davis of Bowling Green, MO, Donnie (Mary) Davis of Monroe City, MO; Thomas (Marilyn) Davis of Troy, MO, Carl (Nancy) Davis of Tallahassee, FL and a sister-in-law, Mary Jo Davis of Lexington, KY. She is also survived by five grandchildren; Alex (Rachael) Fields Grapevine, TX, Austin and Sarah Fields of Killeen, TX, Cy Fields of Paris, MO and Joni Fields of Fairfax, MO, Patricia Caraballo of Dominican Republic along with several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews. Kathylin was preceded in death by her husband, Ladell, her parents and her brother, Howard Davis. Con-Celebrated Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church with Celebrant Father Rob Fields and Concelebrating with Father John Henderson and visiting Priests. The Wake/Rosary will be held at 4:30 p.m. and visitation will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, both at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Paris, MO.