Dorothy (Sunny) Spivey Field

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.

Mrs. Field was a graceful athlete, an artist, a pianist, a scholar, a world traveler, a volunteer, a gardener, an animal lover, a music lover, a voracious reader, and an outdoorswoman, her family said. “She embraced life and lived a very full, rich one. When she could no longer play tennis or swim, she took up golf. When she could no longer maintain her garden plot, she grew flowers and tomatoes in containers. She rode her bike, and when she could no longer ride that, she rode her giant tricycle. She refused to give up, and instead reinvented herself whenever her physical limitations made it difficult to do the things she enjoyed. She gave so much of herself, and so many gifts to those around her. She loved her family unconditionally, and lives on in them.”

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Dr. James B. Field, her children, Carolyn, Nancy, Douglas and Susan, and four grandchildren, Andrew and Kendall Hodgkins and Sarah and Jake Guth. In lieu of flowers, remembrances in her honor may be made to a place that meant so much to her throughout her life, Westtown School, 975 Westtown Road, Westchester, PA 19382-5700.

A gathering to celebrate Dorothy (Sunny) Spivey Field’s life will be held at The Cypress of Hilton Head in Hilton Head Plantation on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m.