February 8, 1928 — January 3, 2019
Adeline Filer, of Lebanon, peacefully took her last breath, in the early morning, at Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital, with her children at her side, after being ill for three short days.
Adeline was born in Springfield, Oregon, and was the daughter of William James and Emma (Myers) Oram. As the youngest of four children, she started first grade at the young age of four. She graduated from Springfield High School in 1944.
Adeline attended the University of Oregon immediately after high school. She moved to Lebanon in 1948, where she met Charles Filer, her beloved husband of nearly 59 years. They were married December 24, 1949, in Springfield, in a simple ceremony, officiated by the Justice of the Peace, which she fondly remembered “as perfect” throughout the years. Their sole passion and devotion was raising their four children. Together, they naturally and effortlessly provided “Roots & Wings” to each of them.
Adeline was a “homemaker” in the truest sense of the word. She created a warm and loving home for her husband and children, and many neighborhood children & friends. She sewed every day dresses and beautiful gowns, she restored antiques and reupholstered furniture, she knitted sweaters and blankets, she was Cub Scout den mother and Brownie leader, she was horseback rider and water skier, she was barber and nurse, she was a fierce defender of the underdog, she was strong, she was compassionate, she was altruistic, she was proud of her Native American heritage and her mind and spirit were filled with gratitude until her very last breath.
Adeline was always up for an adventure! From spontaneously waterskiing fully clothed, to riding a dog sled in Alaska, to traveling to Rome, to running for office when there was an unmet need, to learning how to text in order to keep in close contact with all of her children and grandchildren. Adeline truly believed in the lyrics of one of her favorite songs, “What a Wonderful World.”
She also lived a life of service to others. Although she was a self-proclaimed introvert, she pushed herself to hold offices when she saw the opportunity to make a difference for others. From high school class offices to Cascades Elementary School PTA President, Lebanon School Board Chair Person (1976 – 1984), Oregon Alliance on Mental Illness President (1988 – 1990), Oregon State Hospital Foundation Board Member, to her appointment to the Linn County Board of Commissioners Mental Health & Developmental Disability Services Advisory Board (2005 – 2011).
After the passing of her husband, she took a renewed interest in sports. Most evenings (including the night she was admitted to the hospital), she was watching a game on TV. Her favorite teams were OSU, U of O, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Seattle Mariners, the Seattle Seahawks and any favorite team of her grandsons.
For the last few years, Adeline expressed her gratefulness for her many blessings every single day, and multiple times most days. With genuine awe, she would say, “I am so fortunate. I have the best family.”
Words from her children: “With great sorrow, we announce the death of our Mom. We realize we are very fortunate to have Mom for over 60 years of our lives, but we also do not know life without her. We will find comfort in all that she taught us, including one of her favorite quotes, ‘Just when the caterpillar thought life was over, it turned into a butterfly.’ We are confident we will learn how to navigate our lives, without her earthly presence, by carrying her strength, her grace, her love and her gratitude within us. We will be forever grateful that she is our Mom!”
Adeline requested to forego a memorial service, but instead requested to be cremated and her ashes scattered at the top of Peterson’s Butte. Her family asks that you join them in remembering their Mom by simply doing a Random Act of Kindness or donating to a charity in her name. She had too many favorite charities to list them all, but these three held a special place in her heart: Oregon Alliance on Mental Illness (namior.org), Safe Haven and Veterans of Foreign Wars.
She is survived by daughters, Cheryle Furlow (husband, Bob Furlow) of Lebanon and Charie Filer McCurtain of Eagle River, Alaska; sons, Chad Filer (wife, Bekki Slape Filer) of Gates and Alex Filer of Albany; grandchildren, Rachel Furlow LaPointe (husband, Stephen LaPointe), Micah Furlow Burmeister (husband, Brandon Burmeister), Shianna Furlow, Lyndsey Filer Hall (husband, Steve Hall), Michael McCurtain, James McCurtain (wife, Khari Wright); and great-grandchildren, Adeline, Dalila and Jack LaPointe, Nova Furlow, Nori and Finley Hall.
She is preceded in death by her parents; two sisters; one brother; and her husband, who she believed would be extending his strong and loving hand down to her as she left this earth. There is no doubt he did!
Adeline Oram Filer - A Life Well-Lived!