Diane Fields was born in Norfolk, VA April 16, 1951 to Earl Lee Fields and Lee Ella Fields Chatman both who proceeded her in death. Diane accepted Christ at an early age joining Jerusalem Baptist Church. She was a prayer warrior and a devoted Christian who throughout her illness constantly professed her love of God.
Diane attended Norfolk Public Schools. She graduated from Norfolk State University with a degree in Graphic Arts. Her artistic talent was made visible through her arts and crafts which included knitting (hats, scarfs, blankets) changing old jeans into purses, constructing NFL Pillows , portrait paintings and landscape paintings. Diane used her artistic talent to create a picture on the pulpit at a church on Granby St. near the city park and participated in the painting of a mural in downtown Norfolk.
She was employed in several capacities by the City of Norfolk in Parks and Recreation, at Nautica, as a parking attendant and a substitute teacher. She also worked in the Upward Bound Educational Summer Program.
Diane had two great loves seafood and the Dallas Cowboys. She enjoyed crabs and crab parties with family and friends. Her crab cakes were the best and much desired during family events. Diane showed her team spirit by dressing in team gear of the Dallas Cowboys from head to toe.
Diane is survived by her daughter Alicia Fields of Norfolk, VA, her sisters Sandra Clark (Cecil) of Richmond, VA, Dr. Beverly Bonner of Portsmouth, VA, LaNoda Alexander (Kevin) of Norfolk, VA, Deborah Fields (Vincent) of Suitland, MD and brothers Earl Fields (Betty) of Pocono, PA, Willie Fields (Mexsana) of Vestal, NY, Eric Watts of Chesapeake, VA, and Lamont Chatman of Severn, MD, her stepfather Walter Chatman of Severn, MD , and special cousins Evelyn Wills of Norfolk, VA, Emmett Forbes of Virginia Beach, VA and Eleanor Hawkins of Virginia Beach, VA. Diane was also blessed with a host of nieces and nephews and close friends Debbie Harden, Rhonda Harris, and Brenda Doiley.
God called home an “Angel” on Christmas Eve to help proclaim his glory. Diane will always be in our hearts as a “Special Gift” from God.