Judith Evelyn ‘Jude’ Filler
- Published: September 29, 2016
Born Jan. 14, 1949, Jude was the daughter of Louis and Shulamith (Burstein) Filler. A world traveler, connoisseur and cook, gardener, book and movie lover, spiritual seeker, animal lover, and tireless advocate for the poor and marginalized, she made a positive difference in many lives.
Jude was raised in Yellow Springs, spent some high school years in Israel and graduated from Antioch College. She traveled in Latin America and was an ESL professor in Brazil. After marrying, she earned an MBA at Simmons College in Boston, worked in New York as an executive for CBS and American Airlines and moved to Dallas, Texas. There she found her calling organizing for social change as a volunteer for Amnesty International. She moved to Austin to become executive director of a coalition of grassroots groups working for social justice, and served as Amnesty’s state coordinator against the death penalty.
After she was diagnosed with a rare cancer, managing treatments took up much of her energy. Yet she took on new activities, enjoying a rich Quaker life, running an online bookstore and a bed-and-breakfast, organizing cancer support groups and teaching English in Spain.
She is survived by her brothers Stuart Filler, of Birmingham, Mich., and Victor Filler, of Palo Alto, Calif.; and by half-siblings Stephen Filler, Abigail Crome, Helen Filler, Jonathan Filler, Graham Filler and Emily Filler.
A funeral service will be held at the Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home, 2620 S. Congress Ave., Austin, Texas, on Thursday, Sept. 29, 10 a.m., and a memorial service will be held at the Friends Meeting of Austin, 3701 E. Martin Luther King Blvd., Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Oct. 22, at 1:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation, http://www.carcinoid.org, 333 Mamaroneck Ave. #492, White Plains, NY 10605 or any organization that works to end the death penalty.
Obituary and memorial guestbook available online at http://www.wcfish.com.