Shirley H. Agranoff|
In loving memory
1907 ~ 2013
Shirley Agranoff ~ mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother, teacher, friend, breast cancer survivor and an inspiration to so many-passed away peacefully on January 16 at the Caroline Kline Galland Home in Seattle surrounded by family. She was 105.
Shirley (given name, Sarah) Haft was born in London, England on October 11, 1907 and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was three years old, settling in Chicago. There, she met the love of her life, Gregor Agranoff, whom she married in 1925.
In 1931, Shirley and Gregor Agranoff moved with their young family to Southern California where Gregor, a concert violinist, taught music. Shirley was a pianist and often accompanied her husband when he performed. In 1938, they moved to Soap Lake, Washington to help his parents run the Louis Hotel. After the hotel closed in 1976, Shirley and Gregor moved to nearby Ephrata.
Shirley pursued a variety of activities including working for the Office of Elections in Ephrata tallying votes and checking registration rolls. She was known for her prolific garden and was very active in Eastern Star. She was selected as one of the outstanding mothers in Washington State and went to Washington, D.C. to meet then-President Gerald Ford.
In 1996, Gregor Agranoff-Shirley's life partner of 71 years-passed away. That same year, Shirley had open-heart surgery and her leg amputated due to diabetes, and she left her long-time home in Ephrata for Kline Galland Home in Seattle. While there she was well-loved and an inspiration to other residents, the administrative and nursing staff, and to everyone she met. Shirley was an avid reader and president of the Residents' Council; she made pottery, painted, baked every Monday, played bingo every week, and was part of the chorus in Kline Galland's annual production of Fiddler on the Roof. Even up to the age of 105, she was politically astute and a staunch Democrat. In 2010, one of her great-grandchildren took her to hear President Obama speak in Seattle. Shirley was opinionated and liked off-color jokes, and she possessed a healthy sense of humor and a strong sense of social justice. Shirley was the hero of her own story and she will be greatly missed.
Shirley is survived by her son Julian Agranoff (Sylvia) of Ephrata, Washington and daughter Miriam Goldstein of Medina, Washington; five grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and thirteen great-great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband Gregor H. Agranoff, son Efrem Z. Agranoff, parents Abraham and Rose Haft, four brothers, and one sister.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Shirley's name to Caroline Kline Galland Home in gratitude for the wonderful, loving care provided to Shirley by the staff over 17 years. Caroline Kline Galland Home, 7500 Seward Park Avenue S., Seattle, WA 98118
Published in The Seattle Times on Jan. 20, 2013