Dora  Fields Wade
Dora Fields Wade, formerly of Commerce, died September 24, 2019, in Corpus Christi. Services are to be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Commerce on Friday, October 4, with a Rosary at 11 a.m. and a Memorial Mass at 11:30 a.m. Reception will follow in the Parish Hall. A private interment of ashes will be held in Corpus Christi.
Dora was born November 25, 1934, in Yeaddiss, KY, but grew up in Petersburg, VA. She graduated from Petersburg High School in 1952 and later earned a BS (1980) and MBA (1982) from East Texas State University, now Texas A&M University-Commerce.
Before moving to Texas, Dora was active in Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. She resided in Greenville from 1967-1979, and was active in a number of civic activities including serving as a Girl Scout leader and a YMCA board member. She was a certified Water Safety Instructor and taught swimming as a volunteer for the YMCA and the American Red Cross. While living in Greenville, she was involved in church activities and was an Elder in Grace Presbyterian Church.
She married Harry E. Wade on March 11, 1979, and moved to Commerce. After moving to Commerce, Mrs. Wade was employed at Texas A&M University-Commerce as Assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. She also taught in The New Center for Learning and Freshmen Success programs. While employed at TAMU-C, she received two Faculty Senate Professional Achievement Awards. She retired from the university January 31, 2000.
Mrs. Wade was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Commerce and was a Eucharistic Minister. She also was active in the Greenville Entertainment Series and the Dallas Symphony Series in Greenville, as well as the Northeast Texas Branch of the International Wine & Food Society, serving seven terms as its Secretary and National Contact person. She previously was active in United Way of Commerce and was on the board of the University Christian Center and an officer in the Commerce Chapter of the American Association of University Women.
Dora is survived by her husband, Harry, of Corpus Christi; four children: Ronnie Holt of Winston-Salem, NC; Mary Holt of Stevenson Ranch, CA; Cathy Holt Hart of Corpus Christi, TX; and John Wade of Lawrence, KS; four granddaughters; and her brother, Clarence Fields of Sutherland, VA. Her parents, Kelly Fields and Judy Lewis, as well as her sisters, Nora Cannon and Margaret Milroy, preceded her in death.
Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, the History Department of Texas A&M University-Commerce, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, or the charity of your choice.
Published on September 26, 2019


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Jency Holbert
Nov 04, 2019
Kent and I are so sorry to hear the very sad news of Dora getting her wings. She was an inspiration to us and we so enjoyed visiting with her during our wine tastings. She traveled the world and now she has traveled to heaven. God blesses Dora and God bless Harry.
Cheryl Barrett
Oct 17, 2019
Dr. Wade, My heart breaks for your loss. Every single time I was with Dora I loved and appreciated her more. What a beautiful spirit with such strength, smarts, and oh so much personality. We all adored her and she adored you. She leaves a void that cannot be filled with anything but special memories. I will cherish those and hold you close to my heart and in my prayers.
Oct 04, 2019
Harry, I am so sorry for your loss. I had no idea Dora had passed away. Joe just told me. I have so many fond memories of us throughout the years - especially the Christmas banquets at ET way back when. My heart goes out to you. Know that you are in my prayers, and know - as I do - Dora is in Heaven looking down upon you. Love, Carey
Joane Walvoord
Sep 30, 2019
Dora was a beautiful woman inside and out. She was a perfect mentor for all. Harry, my prayers are with you and to your family!
Nancy & Russell Cannon
Sep 29, 2019
It is with a heavy heart that we write this … Dora was just our favorite. She possessed all of the attributes you want in a person and an Aunt. Dora was kind, thoughtful, generous, smart, insightful and witty. And she was all of these things to her sister Nora, who adored her. We always looked forward to Dora & Harry's visit to Richmond, VA. They are both very special people who we so love. If only those we love could live forever, but Dora will in our hearts and cherished memories. We extend our deepest sympathies to dear Harry, another favorite, and Bittie, Kathy, Ronnie and extended family.
Maximino Plata
Sep 28, 2019
Dr. Wade--friend and colleague,

My most sincere condolences for the loss of your wonderful wife, Dora.

From the time I arrived on the campus of East Texas State University in September of 1979, I quickly discovered that Dora was a repertoire of information about the "workings" of the University. In my tenure at the University, I was not disappointed with my initial assessment of her helpfulness. I will forever be grateful for her assistance in times of need as I maneuvered my duties at the University.

Furthermore, when I discovered that You and Dora were of the Catholic Faith, it gave me a feeling of security and confidence that I had someone on campus whom I could trust. I have not
...been disappointed in this assessment, either.

Diana and I will miss seeing Dora at your side when we attend St. Joseph Catholic Church.


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Sep 27, 2019
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