Dorothy Dee Miller Skoglund, MD

Services were held for Dorothy Dee Miller Skoglund on April 6 at the United Methodist Church in Fallbrook, Calif. followed by a celebration of her life at the Skoglund residence in Fallbrook. Graveside Services were held April 10 at Fremont Memorial Cemetery in Fremont, Neb. She died March 31, 2007

Born to Judge Clarence M. Miller and Faye I. Miller of Broken Bow, Neb. on Sept. 15, 1944, Dotty was raised in Oshkosh and graduated from high school at the young age of 16. Her passion for medicine began at a very early age, making regular visits to the local hospital in Oshkosh. She often recalled her fascination as a child viewing surgeries from the observation window. By the age of six &#8220It just seemed to her,” she said &#8220like something I would like to do in life.” And that's exactly what she did.

After graduating from Oshkosh High School in the spring of 1960, she immediately began to pursue a career in medicine. Dotty was awarded a full scholarship to attend the University of Nebraska, completing a BS in Medicine in 1966 and finally a Doctor of Medicine in 1968. That same year, she met and married the love of her life, Joseph Leonard Skoglund. They set out together to build their life in California, where Dotty accepted a Rotary Internship at the Orange County Medical Center. The following year she became board certified by examination, and held first and second year residency in Pediatrics at the University of California Irvine Medical Center.

Over the next decade Dotty and Joe completed their family. Joe adopted Dotty's two daughters from a previous marriage, they adopted a daughter together and had four more girls of their own. They had such a capacity for love that they also opened their home to six different foster children over the years. The compassion, guidance and education Dotty gave to each foster child helped them to lead more giving and productive lives.

Her dedication to medicine was rivaled only by her dedication to family. Educating herself on the techniques of coaching both softball and soccer, she played an integral role in coaching and leading her girls' many teams. Her life was entirely dedicated to others, always sacrificing her own needs to give more to her family. Family vacations contributed to a rich family life and were important to her as they created memories that would last a life time, whether it was outings to the high Sierras for backpacking, water skiing on the Colorado River, snow skiing at Mammoth or traveling the country for her girls' softball and soccer tournaments.

Dotty started a very successful private practice in Lindsay, California in February of 1974. However, she had such an overwhelming request to return to Kaiser Permanente in Bellflower that she had to close her Lindsay practice and return to Bellflower by the end of the year.

Throughout her career, Dotty saved countless lives and was a protector and advocate for many children, including her patients and children of the community. She found time to dedicate teaching medical interns at UCI throughout her career. Dotty finished her career in medicine with 32 dedicated years in Pediatrics at Kaiser Permanente Hospital in Bellflower, CA.

After retiring in 2002, Dotty and Joe traveled around the country together, attending Spring Training events in Arizona and camping with their grandchildren. She was known for her famous chocolate chip cookies, which she happily baked for her family at every opportunity. Nana always had a nice warm lap waiting for the lucky grandchild who walked through her front door.

Dotty is survived by her beloved husband of 38 years, Joseph Skoglund of Fallbrook, Calif. and seven daughters: Patricia Kimme and husband Bill of Mount Holly, N.J.; Debra Skoglund of Scottsbluff, Neb.; Shelley Skoglund and husband Roy Dauz of San Diego; Shannon Roeber and husband Scotland of San Clemente, Calif.; Sheryn Skoglund and husband Christian Payne of Los Angeles; Kathy Nolan and husband Scott of Pasadena, Calif.; and Lauren Skoglund of Costa Mesa, Calif. She leaves 10 loving grandchildren that will hold &#8220Nana” in their hearts forever.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to: University of Nebraska Foundation, c/o Dr. Dorothy Dee Miller Rumer Skoglund Memorial Fund, 8712 West Dodge, Suite 100, Omaha, NE 68114. (402) 502-0300

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