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Doris J. Semler


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Doris J. Semler Obituary
Doris J. Semler passed away on May 4, 2014 with her family around her. She was born on July 26, 1930 in Baldwin Park, California to Malcolm and Vera Thomas, who preceded her in death. Her older sister, Crystal Brown, also preceded her in death. She is survived by Jack Semler, her loving husband of 65 years, her son Robert and his wife Char, her son Bert and his wife Ronnie, and her brother, Charles Thomas, and his wife Madelyn. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Greg Semler, Travis Semler (wife Angelique), Aaron Semler (wife Karlyn), Chantel Gomez (husband Justin), Destiney Einwich, Lucrista Einwich, Paul Einwich, and John Semler; her great-grandchildren Noelle Semler, Chelsea Summers, Kaela Semler, Tabitha Joyal, Andy Joyal, Cooper Semler, Allexis Farley, Cheyanne Farley, Aiden Gomez, Skye Gomez, and Jade Gomez; her nieces Jan Thomas and Jill Hildreth; her nephews Bill Mason, Rick Mason, and Jeff Thomas; and her goddaughters Janet Dittberner and Joy Dittberner. Doris lived a rich, full life that was firmly focused on family and friends, who were all the recipients of her kind, generous, and loving ways. She enjoyed family gatherings on holidays and birthdays and delighted in the joys and accomplishments of those around her. Doris loved puzzles, card and board games, and games of chance, especially bingo and blackjack. She was competitive, although in a friendly way, and this competiveness extended to her avocation for trout fishing with her husband Jack. She enjoyed traveling throughout the western United States, with a special fondness for Yosemite National Park, the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains, Laughlin (Nevada), and Las Vegas. She was highly intelligent and a voracious book reader, and she had an amazing memory, especially for numbers. Doris would not tolerate prejudice of any kind and was a truly compassionate soul for those less fortunate than her. Although she had a wide network of friends, she was especially close to her childhood friends from more than 70 years ago, some of whom survive her, and to her work mates from the more than 20 years she worked in retail at J.C. Penney. Her wit, insights, tenderness, joyous laughter, and devotion to family and friends will be greatly missed by all who were touched by her, but we will carry the best of her spirit with us forever. Services will be held on Thursday, May 29, 2014 at 11 AM, Oakdale Memorial Park, 1401 S. Grand Ave., Glendora, CA 91740.


Published in San Gabriel Valley Tribune on May 23, 2014
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