Age 86, of Ridge, New York, passed away on September 25, 2018. Born in Queens to the late Edward J. and Mary A. (Hopkins) Farrell on August 15, 1932, Mary Alyce attended the Dominican Academy, Manhattan (Class of '50) and was an alumnae of the College of New Rochelle (Class of '54). She pursued post-graduate work at the Fordham University School of Law School and an M.A. in History from Hunter College. In 1959, she married Richard R. Fields at St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church in Whitestone. She was active in many civic, parochial, and historic organizations throughout her life, giving freely of herself to the communities in which she lived. Relocating with her family from Manhasset, New York to Atlanta, Georgia in 1975, she raised four sons and found time to co-found the Sandy Springs Arts & Heritage Society in 1984 (now Heritage Sandy Springs) a non-profit organization that is dedicated to a vibrant community engaged in history, culture, and stewardship. She was employed in the Special Collections Department at Emory University, returning to her beloved Long Island shortly after retirement. She is survived by her sons Kent Edward Fields, Brian Paul Fields, and Randall Patrick Fields, four grandchildren, Patrick, Morgan, Kiley, and Reid, sister Diane Farrell Mauch, nieces Anneliese Mauch and Bronwen Mauch, as well as former husband Richard. She is predeceased in death by her eldest son, Richard Christopher ('Chip'). Reposing at the Branch Funeral Home, 551 Route 25A, Miller Place. Visitation on Friday, October 12 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. Funeral Mass will be Celebrated at St. Mark's Roman Catholic Church, 105 Randall Road, Shoreham on Saturday, October 13 at 11am.

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  1. Mary Alyce was a smart, happy, beautiful friend. I will miss you. May you rest in peace in heaven. God bless you.

  2. Hi Mary Alyce,I already miss you! It’s Nancy.. your next door neighbor. Thank you for being a wonderful friend. I saw you the day the anblance cane. I wanted to wave hello but didn’t want you to be embarrassed. < I waved at you with my heart ... & was glad I always visited with you when I saw you. I know your happy & in peace now ... & an Angel who watches over all you love .. ∩┐╜∩┐╜

  3. Hi Mary Alyce,I already miss you! It’s Nancy.. your next door neighbor. Thank you for being a wonderful friend. I saw you the day the ambulance cane. I wanted to wave hello but didn’t want you to be embarrassed. < I waved at you with my heart ... & was glad I always visited with you when I saw you. I know your happy & in peace now ... & an Angel who watches over all you love .. ∩┐╜∩┐╜

  4. The glint in your eye and your quick grin shine today and will forever. Thank you for your love, your prayers and your stories – they live on in your sons and grandchildren today. You are treasured by many who will forever feel your presence.

  5. Mary Alyce was a very special lady. Warm, caring, classy, she was an excellent and thoughtful listener. We met at St. Mark’s church when she first moved back to Long Island. How happy she was to be here. She always sent me a beautiful and gracious note the few times she came over for lunch or tea. She will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences to her family. Neal & Ellen Oldis

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