Shirley Marcia Alpert
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Shirley Marcia Alpert of Palm Desert, CA passed peacefully with her family by her side on March 28, 2012 at 12:50 a.m. She was 75. Shirley touched countless people throughout her life. When her children were young, Shirley was considered "everybody's mom." She constantly had neighborhood kids around whether it was her Cub Scout Den or just the neighbors. She always had an ear to "listen and a snack to share." She was willing and able to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. She was a loyal friend to all.
Shirley earned a BA from Arizona State University and Masters of Arts from San Diego State University in Library Sciences. She spent more than 25 years working as a school librarian. Her love of books and reading was a focal point of her life. One of her favorite things to do was read to children. Her enthusiasm and excitement was contagious. After retiring from the public schools, she went on to Chair the San Ramon (CA) Library Advisory Council for 2 years. During that time she helped establish an additional branch library in San Ramon. Knowing the importance of keeping kids safe, Shirley also volunteered with the San Ramon Police Department working in the anti-drug program.
Many community service organizations benefited from Shirley's gracious personality. She was very active in her Synagogue often spending countless hours baking for others and providing for families in need. She was a 50+ year member of Eastern Star, Ladies Oriental Shrine, AAUW, Hadassah and the National Council of Jewish Women. She was a supporter of Brandies University.
In her free time, she loved square dancing, reading, cooking and spending time with her many friends and family.
Shirley, known as "Gurly" to her grandkids, is survived by her loving husband of 55 years, Norman; her son Gary and his wife Cindy, her daughter Andrea and her husband Ed and her 3 grandchildren, Stephanie, Jason and Danny.
Donations of remembrance can be made to the Shriner's Hospital of the Visiting Nurses Association of the Inland Counties. Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit mydesert.com/obituaries.
Published in The Desert Sun on Apr. 1, 2012