Bryna Shirley BEN-ASHER
June 14, 2014
BEN-ASHER, Bryna Shirley, 78, died peacefully in her sleep on June 14, 2014. She was born in Buffalo, N.Y., to Victoria and Abraham Zeller, on June 20, 1935. She received her bachelor's of science in physical therapy from the University of Buffalo, where she met M. David Ben-Asher. They married in 1956 and moved to Tucson in 1964. Bryna served on the Catalina Foothills District School Board for seven years, including a term as board president. Her work as a physical therapist was followed by a second career as a travel agent, enabling her to see the world, one cruise at a time. After retiring in 2007, Bryna pursued her passion for the Sonoran Desert as an educator with the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists and a member of the Santa Catalina Volunteer Patrol. Those hours hiking and teaching in Sabino Canyon and on Mount Lemmon brought her great joy. Bryna was preceded in death by her brother, Sanford (Carol) Zeller; infant son, Steven Ben-Asher and daughter, Susan Rachel (Jon) Newton. She leaves behind her brother, Robert (Susan) Zeller of Houston, Texas; her husband of 57 years, David; daughters, Nancy Ben-Asher (Tidhar) Ozeri and Judith Ben-Asher (Dan) Hirshfeld; son, Jonathan Ben-Asher; grandchildren, Eshed Ozeri, Geva Ozeri, Halle Ben-Asher and Ellah Ben-Asher, all of Tucson; granddaughter, Shoham Ozeri of Kibbutz Nir Yitzhak, Israel and countless friends, SCVNers and family who will all miss her kindness, grace and loving spirit very much. Services will be held 10:00 a.m. Monday, June 16, 2014, at EVERGREEN MORTUARY, N. Oracle & W. Miracle Mile. Interment to follow in the Congregation Anshei Israel Section of Evergreen Cemetery. www.evergreen Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Anshei Israel, 5550 E. 5th St., Tucson, AZ 85711, or Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists, 5700 N. Sabino Canyon Rd., Tucson, AZ 85750.

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Published by Arizona Daily Star on Jun. 16, 2014.
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Dear Dr. Ben-Asher, I didnt know your wife but I did know your daughter Susan who was an angel and Im sure Byrna was the same. Im sorry for your loss
Norman Montaño
April 26, 2020
Dr. BA, Nancy, J and J,
I didn't hear about Mrs. BA's passing until last week. I can only imagine the hole you are feeling in your hearts.Years have flown by, but my memories of your mom are still so strong. Love each you always have.
Krista Berk (Lapan)
July 22, 2014
I had just finished my school work for the night, ready to turn off my computer. For no earthly reason Susan popped into my head which led me to Google which led me here. The confines of distance and the lack of involvement appear to mean little in the spirit world, and we are tied by forces we are not even aware of, yet. My heartfelt sympathy to you all, our matriarchs and patriarchs cannot be replaced, but live on in our hearts. I let Phyllis and Hillel know of Bryna's passing. We share in your sorrow, if from a distance. Shalom. Steven A. Ben-Asher
Steven Ben-Asher
June 30, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of you loss
Peg McConnell
peg mcconnell
June 28, 2014
To David and family: Paul and I are in Colorado Springs for the summer, and were saddened to hear of Bryna's death. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Paul and Mary Lou Duffey
June 20, 2014
Dearest David,

We are filled with overwhelming sadness. Our deepest sympathy and prayers to you and the whole mishpachah.

Karen and Devin Goldenberg
June 20, 2014
We are sorry to hear about the loss of your wife.
D & E Rios
June 19, 2014
We are so very, very sorry. May peace be with you.
Ben & Karen Baker
June 19, 2014
We were sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts & prayers go out to you & your family.
Natalya, Mercy, Krys, Nico, Mary & Jose Larez from Henry School
June 18, 2014
Dear Dr. Ben-Asher,
Our deepest sympathy for you and your family on the loss of Mrs. Ben-Asher.
You are in our thoughts and prayers
Tom and Dorothy Cook
Dorothy Cook
June 18, 2014
So sorry to hear of your loss, please have our condolences and blessings. may she rest in peace. Certainly she is continuing her loving ways in heaven.
Margaret Eyrich
June 18, 2014
I will surely miss Ms Bryna as I call her. It was a privileged to be able to be a part of her life. She was one of the nicest person I know, always calm even in the middle of the storm of life. Hope and pray for peace and strength to the whole family.
Love--Melvin E.
June 18, 2014
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Debra hull and Mark Gunn, patients of Dr. Ben-Asher
June 17, 2014
Dr. Ben-Asher, Please accept condolences to you and your family. We feel as if we knew Mrs. Ben-Asher having worked with you for so many years, and sharing parenting and grandparenting stories. What a special,accomplished lady she is.
Patricia Arndt & Nancy Moser RN's ret. SMH
June 17, 2014
I worked with Bryna at Bon Voyage for a few years before she retired. She lent me a blue coat to wear when my husband and I took a cruise to Alaska. She was always so pleasant to work with and talk to. So sorry to hear of her passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.
Linda & David Couts
June 17, 2014
Dearest David and Family. I was so sad to hear about Bryna she was always such a giving and positive person and I loved working with her all those years ago. I am sorry for your loss.
Debbie Miner
June 17, 2014
David and Family, We were so sorry to hear of Bryna's passing. It was my pleasure to have gone through CTC "classes" with her and have worked with her for many years. She was a very special lady and will be missed.
Sheri & Jerry Akey
June 17, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Ben-Asher family. Bryna scheduled our 1st trip to Germany and believe me she had her hands full with us. There were 6 of us going and she made it a memorable time. She had such passion for everything she did.
Rosalie & Larry Inman
June 17, 2014
Dear David
Please accept our sincere condolences.
We are truly sorry for your loss
We are out of town and sorry we won't be there to pay our respect to you and your family
Marvin and Jewel Spivack
June 16, 2014
My deepest condolence to the family.
Melissa Schumacher
(patient of Dr. Ben-Asher)
June 16, 2014
She was one of the kindest and most gracious people I ever had the privilege to know. I am sorry for your loss.
Beverly Chayet
Beverly Chayet
June 16, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Psalm 34:18
June 16, 2014
So sorry for your loss Jon. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family during this difficult time.
With Sympathy,
Scott Lucas
Scott Lucas
June 16, 2014
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
claudia bray
June 16, 2014