Mildred Field

Published 11:15 am Saturday, May 12, 2012

CENTREVILLE — Mildred Field, 96, passed away early Wednesday morning, May 9, 2012, at Elmcroft of Rivershire Senior Living Community in Conroe, Texas.

Mrs. Field was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Samuel Eugene Field; parents, Sarah Wilson Ruoff and Henry Louis Ruoff; sister, Helen Ruoff Fleming; son, Robert Louis Field; and grandson, Samuel Eugene “Trip” Field III.

Mrs. Field was born Sept. 23, 1915, in Memphis, Tenn. She grew up in Jackson, and graduated from Central High School and Millsaps College. In 1937 she moved to Centreville to teach school. She married Dr. Samuel Eugene Field of Centreville on Oct. 27, 1939, and remained a lifelong resident of Centreville. She was a long time, active member of Thomson Memorial Presbyterian Church. She was an English teacher, owned and operated a ladies dress and gift shop, and was a licensed real estate sales agent. She was a gifted artist, had many one-man shows across the state of Mississippi, and her paintings now hang in many homes and commercial establishments across the region. She was a leader in the effort to establish the Centreville-Camp VanDorn Museum, a museum dedicated in 2004 to the 40,000 veterans who trained at the WWII training camp located just outside the city limits of Centreville. In 2000 at age 84, she was honored as one of Mississippi’s Ageless Heroes, a program created by Blue Cross/Blue Shield to celebrate the spirit and vitality of our nation’s seniors.

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She is survived by her daughter, Molly Field Stout and her husband, Ray, of Houston, Texas; her daughter-in-law, Marianna Robbins Field of Vicksburg; and two granddaughters, Robbin Field Riordan and her husband, Michael, of Roswell, Ga., and Sarah Field Norris and her husband, Jeff, of Jackson. She is also survived by her son, Dr. Samuel Eugene Field Jr., and his wife, Michelle, of Baton Rouge; one granddaughter, Polly Field Hubbell and her husband, Ward, of Lake Oswego, Ore.; and two grandsons, Dr. Samuel Blount Field and his wife, Kelly, of Baton Rouge, and Harry Field of Huntsville. She is also survived by six great-grandsons; and six great-granddaughters.

Visitation will be at Newman Funeral home at 155 South Cosby St, Centreville Sunday, May 13 from 3 until 5p.m. Funeral services will be at Thomson Memorial Presbyterian Church, 225 Main St., Centreville, Monday, May 14 at 11a.m., followed by interment in Oaklawn Cemetery in Centreville.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Thomson Memorial Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 309, Centreville, MS 39631, or to Camp Van Dorn WWII Museum, P.O. Box 1113, Centreville, MS 39631.