Sophie Ann Mayfield passed away peacefully on the evening of September 18, 2021, following a short illness. Sophie was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Antionette Pattavina, her son, John Kenneth and two infant children, Mary Ann and Kenneth Jr. Survivors include her Husband of 62 years, Deacon Ken Mayfield, her Children, Louis R. Mayfield and his wife Marjorie from Porterville California, Kathleen Archer and her husband Joseph from Choctaw Oklahoma, Theresa Turdici, and her Husband Edie from Millbrae California, and Louis A Mayfield and his wife Dasha from Brookline N.H.; Daughter-in-Law Michelle Mayfield in Crestview, Florida; sister, Elizabeth Wyskiel and her husband Walter in Rockfall Ct. plus many nieces and nephews; Grandchildren, Tyler Turdici and his wife Michelle, Amanda Maxwell and her husband Matthew, Allison Bundy and her husband Harley, Anna Twallin-Archer, Veronica Archer, Lorie Downs and her husband Patrick, Jessica Mayfield, Kenny Mayfield, Eric Turdici, Serra Turdici. Greg Dushkin, and Evgeny Dushkin; Great-Grandchildren Skylar and Emma Rose Maxwell, Addison, and Levi Mark Bundy, Ellyse and Cajeton. Turdici, and Aunna and Aaron Downs.
Sophie loved life and enjoyed the many different paths life took her. In her travels in this life she lived in Guam, she visited Taiwan and Japan, been to the Philippines, traveled across Italy, toured Germany, France, and toured the Cathedral of Notre Dame, Luxembourg. She has been on river cruises and attended the World’s Fair in New York. She thoroughly enjoyed touring Europe with John and his family, taking cross country trips with Kate and her family, and taking a cruise on the Disney cruise ship with Kate, Joe and the Girls.
As a young mother with four small children, she would go to the White Mountains in New Hampshire during the winter and summer. Also, going to the beach was another joy along with visiting light houses. Not too much passed her by. Sophie had a knack of developing an extended family; wherever she was there were kids who called her grandma, even their parents were in the extended family. She had this gravitational personality that brought people close to her.
Other things she enjoyed as the children were growing was being a Den Mother, she had as much fun as the boys in her den. When the kids joined the swim team you could hear her encouraging them on. At one time I thought our son Tony would be born on the pool deck instead of a hospital. Drama clubs, Bobby Sox softball, cross country meets, water polo and any and everything the kids were involved in she was there to support them with encouragement and cheers.
She went to school and earned her teachers certificate to teach preschool and be a teachers aid; that was where her children were, that was where she wanted to be.
Religious education did not pass her by. She was a CCD teacher for many years, and she taught Baptism classes, assisted in Baptisms, marriages, and funerals. She earned her certificate after attending four years of training with her husband Ken as a deacon Candidate and finally his holy Orders as a permanent Deacon. In the later years she enjoyed having her grandchildren and great-grandchildren close. She loved all her Great-Grandchildren but there seemed to be a special bond between her and Emma Rose. Emma always had to be where Great-Grandma was from sitting with her on the wheelchair, sitting on her bed, riding on the walker; Emma was with Grandma.
Finally the family will miss a very warm and loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and a friend to the many in her extended family.
Sophie will be laid to rest on the 4th of October at 11:00 am at Barrancas National Cemetery in Pensacola, Florida
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