Alice Fields Thomas, age 90, departed this life on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Future Care Nursing Home in Randallstown, MD. Born September 23, 1927 in Bellevue, MD, she was the daughter of the late William M. Fields and Pauline Moore Fields.
As a young girl, Alice was very ambitious. During her summers Alice worked at Bellevue Seaford Company shucking clams and picking crabs, as well as, working at Campbell Soup cannery. At just 15 years old, she would catch the Bellevue/Oxford Ferry to the Grapevine House where she also washed dishes.
Aunt Alice, as she was affectionately known as, received her elementary education at Bellevue’s very own school house and received her secondary education at Robert R. Moton High School of Easton, MD in 1944. Alice’s ambitious work ethic also translated to her studies. She decided to further her education at Delaware State College, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education in 1948. Alice also made time to fall in love. She joined the late James E. Thomas in Holy Matrimony on July 27, 1963 in Oxford, MD. Being a lover of education, Aunt Alice went on to obtain her Master’s in Education from Towson University in 1970, while also working as a teacher in the Baltimore County Public School System. In addition, Aunt Alice was a member of the Teachers Association of Baltimore County. Alice retired in 1990, after 42 years as an educator in Baltimore County Public Schools.
During her life, Alice and her husband James traveled from Florida to California and took cruises to the Bahamas and Bermuda. Although, Alice and James lived in Baltimore, MD they enjoyed coming to their summer home which they had in Bellevue. Alice, being the matriarch of the Fields family always looked forward to the fourth of July celebration and preparing her favorite dishes.
Alice was a member of Payne Memorial A.M.E. Church in Baltimore, MD and was a great supporter of her home church, St. Luke UM Church of Bellevue, MD. Having a heart of gold, Alice was a supporter of 30 charities, which included Richard’s Memorial Park and Talbot County United Fund.
Aunt Alice joins in eternal life, three siblings, William E. Fields Sr. and Sylvia Henry (Bellevue, MD) and Betty Butler (Baltimore, MD).
Alice was an amazing woman, great cook and enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Alice leaves to cherish lots of wonderful and precious memories with her foster daughter, Shirley Penick, Baltimore, MD; nieces and nephews, William E. Fields Jr. (Diane), Earljeane Moore (Charles), Bellevue, MD, Alvin L. Fields (Melvina), James E. Fields, Easton, MD, John M. Fields (Rose), Norfolk, VA , Roger Fields (Bettie), Whitakers, NC, Lillie V. Reese (William), Easton, MD, Timothy Fields (Cheryl), Arlington, TX and Christine Fields, Bellevue, MD and a very special and dear friend, Inez “Reedy” Butler, Randallstown, MD and a host of great nieces, nephews and friends.