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.