Mildred's Story

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Mildred Frances Roderick Filius, 93, of Fairmont, passed away Friday (March 24, 2017) in her home of 65 years.
She was born June 2, 1923, in Kingmont, the youngest daughter of the late Charles Lewis and Fannie Sylvia Dillon Roderick.
Survivors include a son, Charles A. Filius of Avalon, California; a nephew, William C. Powell II, and wife, Jane, of Kodak, Tennessee; 10 great nieces and nephews, several great-great nieces and nephews and numerous cousins. She is also survived by her cousin, George McCauley of Grafton and his wife, Marjorie. He was like a brother to her and she loved both of them dearly.
A graduate of Fairmont Senior High School, Class of 1941, she also attended the West Virginia Business College.
She was employed with Bell Furniture Company as cashier and bookkeeper, Union Brokerage Finance Company, Union Acceptance Company and Fairmont Building & Investment Company as the corporation secretary. All of these companies were owned by the late E.C. Griswold.
She joined the Market Street Methodist Protestant Church at the age of 12. After it closed she transferred to Diamond Street United Methodist Church, which later became Gateway United Methodist Church. She was a member of the church choir for 40 years. Over the years she served as the auditor, secretary of the Official Church Board, and as a Church circle leader. She was very active in the United Methodist Women serving as Secretary, treasurer, vice president and president. She was a poll worker from 1980 through 2012, Precinct 102, East Fairmont Junior High School cafeteria.
Mildred was a Life Member of Beta Sigma Phi, International Sorority. She was a former member of the Junior Women's Club and Sorores Club of the YWCA. She owned a camp at Big Bear Lake for 30 years, spending many enjoyable summers there. She enjoyed traveling, belonging to three different travel clubs.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Jenevie Roderick, a sister, Ruth Marguerete Roderick Powell; and a brother-in-law, William C. Powell, Sr.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Peter Ang and his staff, Dr. David Tingler and his staff and especially the staff of Amedisys Hospice. Their care and warmth was, and will always be, greatly appreciated by the family. A special shout out to Randy, Emily, Stacy, Karen, Sarah and Meredith. The family also wishes to express their deepest appreciation to Janet Chittum, Connia Wolfe and Twila Shaver.
Friends and family may call from 4-8 p.m. Sunday at the Carpenter & Ford Funeral Home, 209 Merchant Street Fairmont. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with Pastor Tim Edin officiating. Burial will be in the family plot in Oak Grove Cemetery in Taylor County. In lieu of flowers and food, the family request donations made to the Fairmont Soup Opera 425 Quincy Street, Fairmont, WV 26554.
Online condolences can be sent to www.carpenterandford.com.
Published on March 25, 2017
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