Wrisley Funeral Home
90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373
Office: 413-665-4046             Fax: 413-665-0975
Dorothy "Dottie" Lois (Bragg) Fifield
There will be a visitation, Friday, July 31, at 10:30, a service with Jack Cooper will follow in the Chapel at
Wrisley Funeral Home, in South Deerfield
Dorothy "Dottie" Lois (Bragg) Fifield died peacefully on July L8, 2020. Dottie was born on September 4,
1934 in her grandmother's house in Brattleboro, Vermont. She was the daughter of Lillian Mary
{Burnett) Bragg and Norris E. Bragg.

Dorothy grew up in the picturesque, historical village of Grafton, Vermont. She enjoyed and was active
in many Grafton community activities. Dorothy played in the Grafton Coronet Band with her father. She
was able to play several instruments, the saxophone was her favorite. Dorothy's earliest education was
in a one room school house in Grafton. It was evident at this time that she would become a teacher, as
she enjoyed helping the younger students with their studies. Dorothy attended Bellows Falls High
School in Bellows Falls, Vermont. She excelled as a student and an athlete. Dorothfs athletism
throughout her life is noteworthy. She was an avid swimmer, and enjoyed bicycling, hiking, and softball.
Dottie graduated from what is now Castleton University in Castleton, Vermon! and earned a Bachelo/s
fregree in education. Whife in Coffege she met and fell in fove with Rene Fifiefd. They married shortty
after graduation. Dorothy's first teaching job was second grade in Addison, Vermont.

ln L965 Dottie and Rene moved to South Deerfield, Ma. While raising her children, she substituted in
many Franklin County schools. When her children were older, she took a job at the Conway Grammar
Schcol working with special needs children. She enjoyed and adored the Conway School Community.
She followed some of her students from Conway to Frontier Regional High School. She continued
working with special needs students at Frontier until her retirement. She was a member and a Sunday
school teacher at the South Deerfield Congregational Church.

Dorothy and Rene did some traveling after retirement; however, their best times were spent in their
hack yard on Graves Street. Lunch in the Gazebo, a dip in the pool, harvesting bouquets in Dottie's field
of gladiolas, or picking the prized blueberries and raspberries, this was Dottie's splendor! She loved
children and animals, and they naturally gravitated to her. She was patient and kind.

Dorothy leaves her husband of sixty-four years, Rene W. Fifield. She leaves her children, Colleen
Descavich and her husband Skip, her sons, Shaun and Shannon Fifield, her son Shane Fifield and his wife
Felicia, and her daughter Doreen Fifield. Dorothy leaves her grandchildren, Spencer and Hayley
Descavich, Jordan Abernathy, Amaya and Nia Fifield, and her step grandchildren Darrell and Demi Akins.
She leaves her sister-in-law Barbra Bragg and several nieces and nephews of, New Hampshire.
Dorothy was predeceased by her brother Karl Bragg, her daughter Maureen {Fifield} Abernathy, and a
granddaughter, Jillian Abernathy.

Dorothy was blessed with the best healthcare personnel. Elaine, her home healthcare aid made
possible she had that last swim. Her family at the Arbors of Greenfield customized care special for
Dottie. Her team of Angels in Dharma Wing at the Center for Extended Care had their girl until the end
Cooley Dickinson Hospice provided Dottie dignity and the peace she was ready for. ln lieu of flowers
please consider a contribution to Dharma Activities clo CECAA,150 University Drive, Amherst, MA.
ALAAZ, to the attention of Christina Clark.

There will be a visitation, Friday, July 31, at 10:30, a service with Jack Cooper will follow in the Chapel at
Wrisley Funeral Home, in South Deerfield.
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