Doris Helen Fielder, 90, of Greenwood, Ark. passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2014 in Hospice at Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, Ark. Doris was born to Bessie Seidl and Arthur Bartholomew in Billings, Mont. on June 14, 1923. She was adopted when her mother married Les Brook, and Doris spent much time during her childhood on the ranch of her grandfather, Walter Brook, on the South Boulder in Jefferson County, Mont. She attended school in Pony and graduated from Whitehall High School. She enlisted as a Cadet Nurse in 1943 and graduated from the Consolidated Deaconess School of Nursing in Bozeman, Mont. in 1945.
She married Donald Knuckey on August 9, 1944 and raised a family while working as a nurse during her husband’s time in the service. She later married Roland S. Volgamott and then Everett “Tex” Fielder. Doris joined the Metropolitan Police Department of Las Vegas, Nev. as a correctional officer and retired in 1993 after 13 years of service. She resided in Colorado before purchasing her home in Greenwood, Ark. at the age of 82.
Doris enjoyed the occasional evening gambling at local casinos, shopping on QVC and watching Dancing with the Stars on television, spending her days with her cat, Kara, and keeping in touch with friends and family across the country. She was housebound in Arkansas due to being legally blind with macular degeneration, but her support system of friends, neighbors, past co-workers, and the ladies of the local Red Hat Society were instrumental in helping her maintain her independence.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her infant daughter, Linda, and her sons, Leslie of Arkansas, Rick of Montana, and Bob of California. Also preceding her in death were her half-brother, Edward Bartholomew, daughter-in-law Ann Knuckey (Leslie), and grandchildren Mark Knuckey (Leslie) and Laura Lynn Knuckey (Rick).
She is survived and loved by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Arkansas and California, cousins in Montana, Washington, and Nevada, and friends from coast to coast.
Her remains will be laid to rest at Sunset Memorial in Billings, Mont., not far from her parents, two sons and daughter.