Shelby Blair Brewer
1978 - 2016
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Shelby Blair Brewer
Aug. 11, 1978-June 12, 2016
Resident of San Jose
Shelby Blair Brewer was born on August 11, 1978, in Santa Clara, California, and died at the family home in San Jose, California, on June 12, 2016, after a four and one half year battle with brain cancer. Shelby was the beloved only child of Martin and Cheryl Brewer.
Shelby attended Schallenberger Elementary School, Hoover Middle School, and Archbishop Mitty High School, from which she graduated in 1996. She continued her education at West Valley College before transferring to San Jose State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Administration of Justice in 2000.
Shelby held a variety of jobs while attending college, including part-time work at the Santa Clara County Probation Department. She eventually became a full-time Probation Community Worker and, in 2002, a Deputy Probation Officer. She remained employed in that position at the time of her death.
Shelby loved her job as a Deputy Probation Officer. She had a variety of assignments during her career, most recently in the Juvenile Division Court Unit, where she was highly respected for her hard work and knowledge of Juvenile Court law and Probation Department procedures.
Shelby will be remembered most for her beautiful smile, quick wit, and mischievous sense of humor. She was a "jokester" who loved practical jokes that victimized many people over the years. She had many friends who loved her dearly and will miss her greatly, as will her parents and family.
Shelby is survived by her parents, Martin and Cheryl Brewer of San Jose; her aunt, Debra Walker of Clovis; and numerous cousins, including her dear cousin, Nancy Brewer Cavagnaro of Mountain View.
The family would like to acknowledge and thank the doctors, nurses, and staff at the University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center, and Dr. Elwyn Cabebe and staff at Valley Medical Oncology Consultants for the devoted and compassionate care they provided for Shelby. Her family is grateful for all that they did for her.
A celebration of Shelby's life will be held at Villa Ragusa, 35 South Second Street, Campbell, California, on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 10 a.m.
In lieu of flowers or other remembrances, Shelby and her family ask that donations in Shelby's name be made to the UCSF Foundation, Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145 (Memo line: In memory of Shelby Brewer).

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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Jun. 19, 2016.
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June 29, 2020
I attended San Jose State with Shelby back in the late 1990s. We only had one class together but to this day I remember the time she and I went to Johnny Rockets in downtown San Jose and enjoyed a meal together. She was beautiful, wholesome, kind, and I remember her smile. I had a huge crush on her! I have very few memories from my time at SJSU but Shelby and the meal we enjoyed has stuck with me so vividly.

Sadly, we didnt keep in touch after SJSU but I have often thought about her over the years. I finally decided to Google her today to see if I could find her and hopefully send her a message - needless to say I was shocked and incredibly saddened to read about her passing. I only knew Shelby for one semester but she left such a lasting impression on me that I still think about her 20 years later!
Michael Victor
June 13, 2019
The legacy that Shelby left us lives on. She is always remembered and we talk of her often. She so loved her parents and family. I know the days are sometimes hard, but I do hope that knowing she is your angel in heaven helps lighten the pain. Looking at her photo with that beautiful smile makes me smile. Rest in love Shelby and continue to watch over all of us heavenly angel.
June 23, 2016
Shelby was my probation officer. I wanted to get in touch with her to tell her I made it because of her. I'm now married to a San Jose police officer and I'm doing so well in life because of Shelby. She really made a difference for me. Rest in peace.
Jamie Jenkins
June 23, 2016
What an angel Shelby has been in my life, her friends and co-workers, and the youths she believed could turn their lives around...she is so loved and is now dancing in heaven with that incredible smile she has always had! <3 u, Shelby!
Tianna Nelson
June 22, 2016
Dear Friends, I am sending you my love and prayers. Shelby is a beautiful soul and will be missed. Thinking of you both.
Angie Uyesugi
June 20, 2016
Dear Cheryl and Marty,

Shelby was a great woman and an inspiration. I knew how she made you proud parents. We will all meet again, Cj
Chris Johnson
June 19, 2016
Mr. And Mrs. Brewer, I know Shelby was the wonderful person she was because she had you two as her role models. I am extremely saddened by her loss and cannot imagine the heartbreak you must be feeling. I hope you find comfort in knowing Shelby was liked, loved, and appreciated by so, so many, including myself. May she rest in paradise.
June 19, 2016
Shelby touch my heart❤ She was such a Beautiful woman inside and out.She was so supportive to me and my family when my father was diagnosed with Brain Cancer as well.She will be missed by so many.Shelby touched so many sorry for your loss.Stacey..
Stacey and Phil Catania
June 19, 2016
Dear Marty and Cheryl,
My heart goes out to you over the loss of your beloved Shelby. She was an amazing individual, and the obituary is a wonderful tribute to the incredible daughter you raised. Words cannot express the sadness I feel, but I send you love and prayers in this difficult time. Sending love from my girls as well!
Ann McDaniel
June 19, 2016
Dear Marty & Cheryl,

We are so sorry to learn of Shelby's passing. She was very blessed to have you as her parents. May your memories, family, and friends help to ease your sorrow. You remain in our prayers.

Patrick & Mary McCullough
June 18, 2016
Mr. And Mrs B.,
This is such a beautiful picture of Shelby...the smile captures her beautiful personality. I extend my deepest condolences and hugs.. Shelby was such a sweet soul and a wonderful friend. May you all find some peace and comfort. Much love.
Chantone Najar
June 18, 2016
Words are not enough to express how deeply the loss of Shelby is felt. My heart goes out to you, Marty and Cheryl, I know how beloved Shelby is and I wish you strength, courage, and tenderness as you weave your grief into the fabric of your lives.

Molly Remer
June 18, 2016
I met Shelby for the first time and she was so friendly and outgoing. She had a smile that radiated and was contagious. Shelby was a warrior, she gave her battle everything she had, and she will forever be missed by all who had the opportunity to know her or be a part of her life. Shelby's legacy will live on and the heartbreak will get lighter with the memories we will hold in our hearts.

My condolences to her parents and family...she will never be forgotten and forever loved.
June 17, 2016
Dear Marty and Cheryl,

I write this with such sadness over the loss of your beautiful daughter, Shelby. Bob and I send our deepest condolences for your loss. Shelby's smile will always be remembered. God bless you and your family.
Barbara and Bob Bradley
June 17, 2016
We are all so very sad about the loss of lovely Shelby. I will always remember her beautiful smile and clever wit. I hope everyone who knew and loved her will find comfort in their memories.
Barbara and Tom Johnson
June 17, 2016
She will be sorely missed by all that knew her. She lives on in her friends and family, who will hold the memory of her in the highest regard.
June 17, 2016
I will miss my beloved cousin, Shelby, for the rest of my life. She fought this disease with all her might, grace and dignity. I am so sorry for our loss of this lovely young woman.
Nancy Brewer Cavagnaro
June 19, 2016
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