Darmonica (Nae Nae) Renee Armstrong Fields, was born on August 17, 1971, the eldest child of Michael A and the late Teresa Belton Armstrong. She departed this life on January 29, 2021 at UPMC Shadyside. In her final months, she was never without the loving hands and hearts of her husband, children, father, and siblings, who united as a strong team of caregivers to provide care and support during her illness.
Nae grew up in a tight-knit family, where she always felt loved and knew how to share it. Not only was this love felt in her family home with her mother, father, sister and brothers but it was in both grandmothers (the late Virginia Jones and Ruby Allen) homes and other family members homes from McKeesport to Clairton, over to Ohio, up to New York and let us not forget Alabama. She became the family member that you knew if she was around there was fun to be had and you couldn’t wait to see her.
Early on in her life, Nae joined the McKeesport Black Berets under the leadership of Helene Phelps. This connection lasted a lifetime and was precious to both of them. Nae was baptized as a youth at Zion Baptist Church and she participated in the Gospel Chorus. Later Nae, became a member of Word Missionary Baptist Church, where she re-dedicated her life to Christ beginning with being re-baptized. Nae was an active member serving on the Usher Board, Choir, Youth Sunday School Teacher and Church Secretary. Under the leadership of the late Deaconess Betty Grant, she began training to become a Deaconess.
After raising her children, Nae became reconnected with her high school sweetheart, Robert Lee Fields, III, and they married on September 3, 2011. There was no such thing as stepchildren, when it came to their blended family, yours were hers and hers were yours, no questions asked. Before the Covid-19 world we are living in, she was employed at the Holiday Inn Express.
In addition to Nae’s mother, the late Teresa Belton Armstrong, grandmothers, Virginia Jones and Ruby Allen, she was preceded in death by her son, Tyrone. Monica leaves to cherish her memories, her husband, Robert Lee Fields, III, parents, Michael (Monsanza) Armstrong, children; Dontae, Seausa, Juwan Ahmad, Asya Yeshae-Maree, Tamerica and Carvelle; grandchildren; Dontae II, Dontaz, Deniyah, Kamiyah, Tyonia, J’Nel, Chanel, Ari’yel, Devron, De’Myani, MaJhrielle, Carvel; siblings: Michael (Erika) Armstrong, II, Shamica Armstrong, Paris Armstrong, Sherida Williams, Monsanza Stuviants, Franklin Spence, Schquille Spence, sister-in-law, Tanica Fields; aunts: Willa Mae (Arthur) Long, Lydia Hamlin, Henrietta Durden, Betty Holmes; uncles: Nathaniel (Mio) Carter, Ossie Belton, Gerald (Bonnie) Belton, Ronald Belton, Leonard (Karen) Belton, host of nephews and nieces (two of which were like daughters, Tomorrow and Nachael), Godparents: Harriette Brown and Kevin Murphy, Godsisters: Ebony and Christina Patrick, Godchildren: Avion Stinson, Parisia Hughes, Kadaria Murphy and a host of other family members and friends whom she loved dearly.
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