Doris Ann Fields Barnett, 93, of St. Michaels, MD quietly departed this life on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Doris Ann was born on August 5, 1928 to the late Mildred Wells Fields and William Smith. She was the youngest of seven children. She graduated from Robert Russell Moton High School in Easton, MD where she played basketball. To hear her tell the story, she was a phenomenal player.
She was joined in holy matrimony to the late Hamilton R. Barnett, and from this union seven children were born.
Doris Ann was a hard worker. In her early years, she worked at the Soda Fountain owned by Eloise and Alfred Chester. She had fond memories of those days. In later years, she did domestic work for many private families in the area (The Cox, the Johnson and the Clark to name a few). Up until the age of 88, she was a private sitter at William Hill Manor. She even had her own catering business.
Doris Ann accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior. She was a member of Union United Methodist Church in St. Michaels, MD. She served on the Usher Board as President. She made sure the church programs were folded and the plants watered for Sunday service. She enjoyed the Shiloh Baptist Choir, out of Washington, DC, and would invite them to worship with Union. She prepared many meals for Union’s Homecoming. She was called the crab cake Queen. She joined Bright Hope Temple #233 of the Improved Benevolent Protective Order of Elks of the World, Inc. in 1946. When the Talbot Elks Lodge in St. Michaels closed in 1972, the Temple transferred to Easton under the auspice of Samuel T. Hemsley Lodge #974. Doris Ann serviced faithfully as the Financial Secretary until the Temple merged with Pride and Joy Temple #814 of Easton in 1991 due to dwindling membership in both Temples. She was eventually made a life member of Bright with Pride Temple #1375. Doris Ann also maintained membership in the Bessie Leonard & Ethel K. Jews Past Daughter Rulers Council of the Eastern Shore and the Tri-State Association of Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia. During the Town of St. Michaels election, she would work at the polls. She was on the board of the Neighborhood Service Center for many years.
Doris Ann loved her children, grandchildren, great-grands and great-great grands. She loved family gatherings and playing with her two boopies Alexander (Tum Tum) and Sevyn. She had the biggest smile whenever they were around. She enjoyed life to the fullest. She had a quick wit and was very strong minded. She said what she meant and meant what she said. She loved doing her word search puzzle. She was an exceptional cook. We will miss her pasta salad, macaroni and cheese, meatballs, chicken and dumplings, sauerkraut and so many other dishes she prepared. She fought hard until the very end.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by an infant son, her siblings Hester Fields, Mary F. Thomas, Lewis Fields, Sr., Virginia Hackett, Viola Thomas and Dorothy Holliday. One nephew, who was raised like a brother, Joseph Fields, Sr.
She leaves to cherish her fond memories her three daughters: Andrea Wayman (Paul), Deborah Murray (Rodney) and Drusilla Barnett; three sons: Lewis Barnett (Sandra), Samuel Barnett and Vincent Barnett (Bertha); 11 grandchildren: Nancy (Rayfield), Lewis (Lucy), Shelly (Dwain), Shakeya, Dorian, James (Toya), Kenneth, Sheena, Soleta, Roderick (Christy) and Brandy (Sincere); 18 great-grandchildren: Markeisha, Alex, Morgan, Javaar, Sanai, Jamisha, Ja’ontay, Alexander, Alaric, Kamry, Trace, Darrell, Sevyn, Henry, Aleisha, Zakari, ZaRazeia, Zy’Kel and three great-great grandchildren; Travon, Tayvon and Aidan; a nephew, George Barnett, Sr.; one goddaughter, Danielle Hynson; special friends, Shirley Thomas, Verma Nichols, Charlotte Turner, Anthony Bailey, Pat Gray, Maggie Cuffee, Walter Chase and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
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