(Fifield) Abernathy died Wednesday, May 13, 2015 after a courageous battle with
Corticobasal Degeneration Disease, in Vallejo, California. Maureen was born
September 10, 1958 in Middlebury, Vermont. She was the daughter of Dorothy Lois
(Bragg) Fifield and Rene William Fifield.
earliest education was in Chester,
VT. She later attended South Deerfield
Elementary School and graduated from Frontier Regional School
in 1977. She received an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts at Greenfield Community
College. Maureen then attended North Adams State
College where she earned a BA in education with a minor in psychology. She
served her country in the United States Army for four years. While in the army
she took general medical courses.
On April 13, 1986
she married Carlos Abernathy. Maureen had two children. Her daughter, Jillian
Dawn Abernathy predeceased her on July 19, 2003. Her son, Jordan Von Abernathy
is currently serving in the United States Army. Maureen was a dedicated mother
and loved her children profoundly.
worked many years in Social Services working directly with the public.
Her favorite position was as a Family Support Specialist in Louisville, Kentucky.
She moved to Vallejo, Calif. in 2007. It was in California that the effects of Corticobasal
Degeneration noticeably surfaced. Her mother-in-law, Claudia Abernathy-McGriff
was diligent in getting her diagnosed and getting her the care she needed. Fran
Carlson of Vallejo, Calif. was her caregiver and best friend.
Fran provided Maureen normalcy, pretty clothes, outings, and so much more.
Maureen spent the last year of her life at the Genesis Care Home in Vallejo. The
administrator, Sharon Henderson took a special interest in her and they became
enjoyed biking, aerobics, hiking, and was an avid runner. She was often fondly
referred to by her friends as “Aerobic Queen” or “Army Strong”. She enjoyed
reading, writing, and music. She taught Sunday school at the Congregational
Church in South Deerfield. She was a member of
the General Assembly Church in Vallejo.
parents Rene and Dorothy Fifield of 44
Graves Street, South Deerfield,
and her son, Jordan Abernathy, she leaves her siblings, Colleen Descavich,
Shaun Fifield, Shannon Fifield, Doreen Fifield, and Shane Fifield. She leaves
her former husband, Carlos Abernathy, her mother-in-law Claudia
Abernathy-McGriff, her sister-in-laws LaDonna Medina and Kim Abernathy. She
leaves her only aunt Barbra Bragg, several cousins, nieces and nephews. Maureen
will be remembered for her strength and humor in the face of her debilitating
In lieu of
flowers please consider a contribution in Maureen’s memory to the Genesis Care
Home, 1169 Lewis Avenue,
94591, to the
attention of Sharon Henderson, or by donating to CurePSP by calling
1-800-457-4777 or on line at @CurePSP
no calling hours. Family and friends will gather at the Wrisley Funeral Home,
Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, on Friday, May 29th, at 12:00noon
for a brief service with Jack Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in the
Massachusetts Veteran’s Cemetery, 111
Glenallen Street, Winchendon, MA. at 2:00PM.
of Sympathy are available at: www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com