Dodie Filler was a one-in-a-million wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, and friend. She passed away peacefully at her home August 27, 2021.
Dodie lived her life to the fullest over her 90 years. Born in Brooklyn, NY to Arthur and Madeline Gardner, she completed her Bachelor of Science and Master of Microbiology degrees at the University of Michigan. There, she also met and married Blair Filler, her loving husband of 67 years. They moved to California in the 1960s, where they built their home and their lives. Together, they raised their 4 children, Scott, Corey, Kim, and Gregg, and lovingly embraced their spouses. They also cherished their 8 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.
Dodie's heart and generosity of spirit were enormous. She unflaggingly cared for her family and was an amazingly gifted cook and baker-her apple pies were renowned among family and friends! Constant companions, she and Blair traveled the world and visited more than 100 countries. Dodie was also a private pilot, scuba diver, avid skier, and lifelong runner with 20+ marathons under her belt. She gave tirelessly as a docent at the LA County Natural History Museum, as a dedicated committee member of medical charities, and as behind-the-scenes support of her husband's leadership roles within the orthopedic community.
A true delight to be around, Dodie had unquenchable joie de vivre. Her effervescence and delighted laugh warmed the heart. She offered everyone her glowing smile, and she cared deeply about her friends and family, as those who knew her can attest. Dodie was incredibly gracious and remained steadfast and courageous in the face of challenge. She was loved and gave love without reservation. She will truly be missed.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating on her behalf to Las Candalistas or to the California Orthopaedic Foundation | Dodie Filler grant.
Published by Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Sep. 16, 2021.