Shirley Marie Vangerov
1935 - 2021
April 15, 1935 - June 7, 2021 Shirley Vangerov may not have met a pattern she didn't like because most fabric made it into her quilting and sewing collection, affectionately known as her "stash".She signed her cards and checks with a fountain pen, collected vintage typewriters, read the New York Times daily cover to cover, and made French press coffee before it was trendy to do so.With profound sadness we announce the passing of Shirley Vangerov, our loving and devoted mother and friend to all whose lives she touched, on June 7, 2021. She left us on her own terms after a brief illness at age 86. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Shirley was the only child of Earl and Prudence Miller. Shirley graduated from UCLA, where she met her future husband, Martin Vangerov. They married in 1958 and were married for 51 years. She majored in Geography, completed her teaching credential and taught first grade briefly until she began raising her family in 1959. Later she taught nursery school, establishing a cooperative program in Canoga Park. Throughout her life Shirley loved Mozart, quilting, knitting, travel, cooking and learning. With one child in elementary school, one child in junior high and two in high school, Shirley went back to school herself, completing an x-ray technician program at Children's Hospital. She worked for 20 years, including specializing in mammography with compassion, professionalism and when needed, a dose of humor as well. Our mother's creativity and style flourished with her more than 200 quilts. She taught quilting and knitting classes and participated with the San Fernando Valley Quilt Guild exhibitions and various charity projects. She was the beloved mother of Michael, Julie (Rob), John, David (Sue), proud grandmother of Max (Hannah), Alexi (Christina), Sarah (Omar), Morrigan (Amber), and great grandmother to Angelisse and Valyria. Martin and Shirley also generously hosted five exchange students, who grew to become their beloved children as well: Oliver, Holger, Borja, Dirk, and Andreas. Predeceased by her husband Martin in 2009, she lived independently. She proudly drove her stick shift sports car until shortly before her death. She enjoyed Dodgers' and Lakers' games and discussing politics and current events.Most of all she loved her family and instilled in her children strong values that have served them well. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts. A celebration of Shirley's life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be sent to Planned Parenthood, KUSC radio, PBS or NPR.
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Published by Los Angeles Times from Jun. 12 to Jun. 13, 2021.
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I will miss her terribly. Shirley was generous and fun, independent and fearless. She was my creative mom and a constant inspiration for twenty plus years. She taught me how to knit continental style, how to knit socks, and how to make incredible scones among other things. I will miss our knitting meet ups at her house. I am so glad I got to speak with her shortly before she passed.
Erica Privitelli
July 1, 2021
Shirley and my Mom were best friends for 80 years. My brother and I lost Mom in January and now I hope Evelyn and Shirley are quilting together, eating wonderful food, and laughing. I’m so glad I got to talk with her in May!
Heather Taylor
June 21, 2021
Shirley was a special lady. Always smiling and such a sense of humor. She will be missed by many.
Carol Hicks
June 19, 2021
Shirley was a special friend to many quilters in the San Fernando Valley Quilt Association, the Valley Modern Quilt Guild, and Valley Quiltmakers Guild. She made the Best Marshmallows!
Jann Lawson
June 12, 2021
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