CHARLESTON -- Dorothy Lee Bryant DeField, 83, died Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012, at the St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau.
Born June 11, 1929, at Charleston, to the late Harry Totts and Dorothy Lee Burnett Bryant Sr., she was a lifelong resident of Charleston. She held a bachelor of science degree in elementary education and a certificate as a reading specialist. She taught school in Bertrand and then Charleston until her retirement. She was instrumental in creating "Solar Day" at the DeLaney Farm near Charleston during which students are given the opportunity to learn and know about life outdoors. A lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Charleston, she had served as a Girl Scout leader and was a member of the Chapter C.V., P.E.O., of Charleston.
In November 1955, she married Fred DeField, who survives of the home.
Also surviving are: one son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Robert and Lynda DeField of Marathon, Fla.; one daughter, Lee DeField Fraley of Sikeston; two grandsons, Rick Slaughter and his wife Tracy of Orlando and Zach Fraley of Sikeston; one granddaughter, Andrea DeField of Miami; and three great-grandchildren, McKenzie Slaughter of East Prairie and Logan Slaughter and Makayla Slaughter of Orlando.
She was preceded in death by one son, Bryant DeField, one grandson, Scott Slaughter, and one brother, Harry Totts Bryant Jr.
Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. today at the United Methodist Church, 1700 E. Marshall Street in Charleston, where services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday. The Rev. Dan Faust, pastor, will officiate. Annette Robertson will offer the eulogy.
Interment will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery near Charleston under the direction of McMikle Funeral Home of Charleston.
Pallbearers will be: George Gilmore, Marvin Gilmore, G.W. Gilmore, Bruce DeField, Gary Burnett, Jamie Pollock, Billy French and David Slaughter.
Honorary pallbearers will be: Don McClain, Floyd Stallings and Al Cope.
Online condolences may be shared at www.mcmiklefuneralhome.com.
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may be made to:
The United Methodist Church
1700 East Marshall St.
Charleston, MO 63834