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Brown, Shirley H.

September 16, 1916 - June 10, 2016- Shirley Heirshberg Brown, 99, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her children. She was born in Winnipeg, Canada and moved to California with her parents William and Golda Heirshberg and her brothers and sisters at the age of 6. The family lived in Boyle Heights where Shirley met the love of her life, Jack Brown. They were married for 63 years until his death in 2005. They lived in Hermosa Beach, and then in the house they built in West Los Angeles. They enjoyed hosting barbecues for their family, and for Jack's students. Their backyard had basketball, shuffleboard and ping pong games going all the time. They participated in Girl Scout and Boy Scout activities with their children and loved camping. Shirley attended Roosevelt High School, UC Berkeley and UCLA, earning her Bachelor's degree in education. She gave up teaching for several years to raise her family, then returned to her career, teaching physical education at Orville Wright Jr. High also serving as the school's health coordinator. She loved staying after school and playing volleyball with her fellow teachers. After Shirley and Jack retired from teaching in 1976, they took up square dancing and travelling the country in their motor home. They particularly enjoyed their annual trips to British Columbia for salmon fishing (and the family enjoyed the fruits of their labors!). They volunteered for B'Nai Brith, making weekly bagel runs to collect food for charities, and she was active in the National Council of Jewish Women. She was a gifted craftswoman, delighting her friends and family with her whimsical and charming needlework. She loved her dogs Shadow, Soix and Daisy and brightened at every opportunity to pet any dog she met. She is survived by her brother Ben; her children Dennis (Resa) Brown, Judi Brown and Leslie (Al) Herbst; grandchildren Josh (Christie) Levine, Stephen (Suping) Brown, Erin (Derek) Urwin, Matt (Becky) Brown; and great grandchildren Justin, Andy, Katie, Sarah, Aidan, and soon-to-arrive Everett. Shirley's ever-present humor and joyful attitude infected those around her. She was constantly amazed that everyone she met seemed to want to hug her. The family would like to thank her outstanding caregivers at The Village at Northridge and Quality Palliative Care. In keeping with Shirley's wishes there will be no funeral or memorial. Upon cremation her ashes will be mixed with Jack's. Memorial gifts may be made to the National Council of Jewish Women-Los Angeles at 543 North Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036 or or the ASPCA at WWW.ASPCA.ORG/donate