Doris June Strandberg Butler Fernandez January 19, 1929 - October 1, 2011 With the gentle tones of wind chimes and her family by her side, Doris passed on peacefully to her next life in her beloved Redondo Beach home. After a childhood in Alhambra, CA, Doris began her adult life in marriage to Jim Butler; teaching was her first career and she was an accomplished piano player. She moved on in life and in love marrying Renee Fernandez, becoming a dedicated homemaker and discovering her creative side through poetry, music, storytelling, gardening and photojournalism. She was especially drawn to the practice of Reiki and made lifetime friends in many "circles." Doris is survived by her children, John Butler (Colleen), Ed Butler (Brigitte) and Terri Butler (Donnie Anderson); stepchildren Lynnette Keffer (Chuck), Stuart Gurnea (Nancy) and Virginia Schlies (Jim); grandchildren Catie, Molly, Ellen, Julien and Audrey Butler, Alex and Raymond (La Tanya) Keffer, Hillary Richardson, Quinn and Aaron Gurnea, Christopher Fruci ; great-grandchildren William and Duncan Keffer; loving nieces and nephews; and Mr. Wally, her four-legged companion. Please join us for a Celebration of Life on Saturday, October 22, 2011, 2:00, at McCormick's Mortuary, Redondo Beach. In lieu of flowers, please donate to any cancer-related charities, the Humane Society of the United States or the Vietnam Veterans of America.

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  1. Engaging stories in Memoirs Class on subjects ranging from waxed paper to red cardinals to fourth of July celebrations. With fond memories and love, Amy

  2. I met Dorie only once when I was with Annie Pott in May. And I felt I had known her all my life. She was a gracious, loving woman and I will miss her. I have a picture of her sitting at her computer. She is finally home with God.

  3. Dor is the friend who takes up my whole heart, and just because she’s gone from here doesn’t matter a bit. She is always with me in memory and love. We had such wonderful times together, from riding bikes at the beach and sitting at the Manhattan Beach wall critiquing everyone else, to crying like babies over a dog lost to us. Dor, Ren, Ed and I sat up late into the night playing cards and laughing like mad when we couldn’t fool the guys with our cheating. We weren’t very good at that. We joined yoga together and got all tied up in knots. We began writing poetry at the same time, she in CA, me in SC. We shared hard times, we shared fun, like the 4 of us riding our bikes about 10 miles and being too tired to ride back so we got rooms in a hotel and watched the hermit crab races. The next day Dor mentioned to a woman friend that we had done that long trip, and the other gal told her that she had just finished a ride to San Diego and back the same day. We were right in there with the big time! Good bye, Dor, my dearest bestest friend. Wait for me – I’ll be along. I loved the memorial video and would like very much to have a copy if that’s possible.

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