Dorothy (Sunny) Spivey Field, of Hilton Head, S.C., mother of Carolyn Rundle Field of Wilton, died on Aug. 17. Born in 1928 in Wayne, Pa., she was a lifer at Westtown School, where she excelled at sports. She graduated from Connecticut College and received her MSW from Simmons School of Social Work in Boston.
She married Dr. James B. Field in 1954, and after a career in medical and adoption social work, focused her energy, creativity and passion on raising her four children and on giving back to her community. In Pittsburgh, she tutored inner city children, volunteered on many school committees, and served as a docent at the Carnegie Museum. In Houston, she worked as a docent at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts. In Boston, she served as a docent at the Gardner Museum, established a museum seminar program through her involvement with Boston College’s Institute for Learning in Retirement, and gave her time at the Women’s Lunch Place, a shelter for homeless women, and as a hospice volunteer. After moving to Hilton Head in 2001, she volunteered at the Bargain Box and the Hospice of Low Country Thrift Shop, became a watercolorist, returned to playing the piano, tended to her garden at Heritage Farm in Sea Pines, and relished frequent visits by her children and grandchildren.