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Gail Braun Silver


1944 - 2017 Obituary Condolences
Gail Braun Silver Obituary
March 24, 1944 - January 14, 2017 Born in Hollywood to Robert and Miriam Braun, Gail resided her entire life in the Los Angeles area. She grew up in Beverlywood, attending Canfield Elementary School, Louis Pasteur Middle School, and Hamilton High School along with her beloved younger sister, Karen. She then went on to attend UCLA, where she earned her BA in Education. It was in Italian class sophomore year where she met Lee Silver, and they married in 1966. Gail will best be remembered as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, whose happiest moments were spent with family and friends. She is survived by Lee, her husband of over 50 years, her son Evan and his wife Sharon, her daughter Lauren, and grandchildren Amanda, Grant, and Wallis. Gail was a committed community leader who was active most of her adult life in serving others, especially children. She began as a first and second grade teacher at Wilshire Crest Elementary School, while Lee attended UCLA Law School. She became involved with Cheerful Helpers for Children with Disabilities, serving first as a member, then board member and ultimately President of the organization, which had been founded by Lee's grandmother Tena Corenson. Gail was also a leader in the Beverly Hills School District. She served as PTA President starting at Beverly Vista, then Beverly Hills High School and as District PTA President representing Beverly Hills statewide in Sacramento. During this time, she was also involved in various roles at the Beverly Hills Education Foundation, as well as the Maple Counseling Center, ultimately becoming President of that organization. Gail was also active in Beverly Hills Rotary, Chaired the City of Beverly Hills Traffic and Parking Commission, volunteered for the UCLA Women's Auxiliary Group and worked in the UCLA Hospital Gift Shop. She also became very active in Jewish Big Brother Big Sisters of Los Angeles and Camp Bob Waldorf on the Max Strauss Campus. In 2008, she was the first spouse to be honored along with her husband with the JBBBS Lifetime Achievement Award. Gail also spent over 15 years building a successful career as an independent Aflac insurance agent. Aside from her tireless charitable and civic activities, Gail truly loved to hear live music, attend theater and to dance with her husband. She and Lee are famous among their friends for their love of dancing. Gail was an explorer. Once bitten by the travel bug, she was ever-constantly planning her next adventure with Lee, and they were lucky enough to travel all over the world together. Honoring Gail's wishes, a private family service is planned for Wednesday, January 18th. A larger gathering to celebrate Gail's life will be held this Saturday, January 21st. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in her honor to Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 18, 2017
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