GEORGIA V. (CHISM) FIELDS
May 26, 1932 - Dec. 2, 2013
SOUTH BEND - Minister Georgia Virginia Fields was born to George R. and Annie Mae (Williams) Chism on May 26, 1932, in Jackson, Tennessee. She departed this life on Monday, December 2, 2013, at 10:10 a.m. in Golden Living Center - Fountainview, Mishawaka, Indiana. She lived a blessed life of 81 years. Georgia was a devoted Christian (confessing a hope in Christ at a very early age), loving mother, grandmother to all, sister, aunt and dedicated friend.
Georgia moved to South Bend, Indiana, in 1937 and attended Central High School.
After graduating high school, she pursued an education in the Culinary Arts at Ivy Tech Community College. She also attended the Bethel School of Theology, receiving a degree in Theology. Georgia was a 'culinary legend' and was able to showcase her prowess through employment at such places as the Kitchenette Restaurant, Walt's Restaurant, Chism's Dining Room, Quality Inn Hotel, Ice House, Summit Club Restaurant, University Club at Notre Dame, and Trio's. Among her many outside activities, she loved to travel with the Bus Fellowship Ministry of Elsie and Thomas Randall. Her love of singing included participation in the original Hilltop Sunrise Choir as one of the directors and lead singers, under the leadership of the late Bertha Norman and Elizabeth Hesiben.
Upon retirement, (in addition to spending time with her family), Georgia filled her days studying the Bible and working for the Lord. She was an active member and supporter of Greater Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church. She set a standard of love and commitment that will be remembered by all who knew her.
Minister Fields leaves to cherish her many memories her children: Aaron Paul III and Myron Chism Sr.; grandchildren: Terrina Chism, Torrence (Johnnie) Chism Sr., Zamiki Chism, Javon (Taniesha) Scruggs Sr., James Paul, Myrenda Chism, Myron Chism Jr., Rachel (David) Thorpe and Tonya Paul; 31 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; siblings: Sally Baker, Annette Dungey, Melvin (JoAnn) Chism, George (Reneé) Chism Jr., Betty Washington, Kimberly Chism and Peter Chism; along with a host of other relatives and friends who will miss her dearly.
Georgia was preceded in death by her parents, George R. and Annie Mae Chism; stepmother, Betty Chism; one daughter, Sandra; a son-in-law, Douglas Scruggs; and by a great-granddaughter, Destiny Scruggs.
Visitation for Minister Georgia V. Fields will be held on Friday, December 6, 2013, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Clark-O'Neal Funeral Home, 2702 Lincoln Way West, South Bend. Funeral services will take place at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2013, in New Salem Missionary Baptist Church, 141 S. Camden Street, South Bend. Family and friends may call 1 hour prior to funeral services. Visit www.clarkoneal.com to sign her guestbook. The Clark-O'Neal Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.
Published by South Bend Tribune on Dec. 5, 2013.