Shirley Ebenstein (Age 89)
Of Boca Raton, Florida died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on October 9, 2018. Born on April 8, 1929, in Worcester, Massachusetts, she is predeceased by her parents, Saul and Ida Gorlick, her brother, Leonard Gorlick, and her devoted husband of 65 years, Norman "Norm" Ebenstein.Shirley was an honor roll student at Brown University and graduated second in the class of 1951. It was at Brown that she met the love of her life, Norman Ebenstein.Shirley earned a master's degree in education and then taught in an inner-city school, sharing her enthusiasm for reading and writing with underprivileged children. Her dedication to education has been an inspiration to her children and grandchildren. Shirley was a prolific reader and especially enjoyed biographies.Shirley was President of the Women's Republican Club at Brown and during her college years she won a Guggenheim Fellowship after demonstrating exceptional capacity for scholarship. Shirley served as a Trustee of the Brown University Alumni Association.While Norman Ebenstein was visible as a businessman and leader of Jewish organizations, Shirley was by his side. She took pride in the many years she spent working with Norm and eventually her son, Douglas "Doug" Ebenstein as both an officer and director of the family company, Capital Commercial Properties, building a portfolio of shopping centers, malls, and multi-family residential properties.Intelligent and personable, Shirley always saw the best in people and had a kind word for everyone. She was devoted to her family and took great pride in the accomplishments of her beloved children and grandchildren. She enjoyed spending time with her family and cruising the world with Norm and her granddaughters, Lisa and Lori.Shirley is survived by her daughter, Jaime Ruth Ebenstein, her son, Douglas Ebenstein and his wife, Robin, and grandchildren, Lisa Ebenstein and Lori Ebenstein, all of whom loved her dearly and will never forget her sweetness, grace, and abiding love and caring for them.Contributions may be made to Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, Congregation B'nai Israel of Boca Raton, Florida, and Tri-County Animal Rescue of Boca Raton, Florida.Family services held at an earlier date.
Published by The Washington Post on Nov. 29, 2018.