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Mount Sinai Obituaries and Services » Shirley T. Sands

Shirley T. Sands

March 21, 1930 - January 20, 2021

Service Information Mount Sinai Simi Valley

Service Date: Monday January 25th, 2021

Service Time: 12:00 pm

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Simi Valley, California 93063

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Shirley Sands March 21, 1930 – January 20, 2021

Shirley Sands, wife, mother, Bubbe, Bobo, aunt and friend, passed away peacefully on January 20, with her children Stuart and Felice by her side.

Born during the depression in Dorchester MA, Shirley grew up during a difficult time. She attended school to become a medical technologist, and worked as a bacteriologist for Kaiser for 28 years. As a young adult, she followed her parents to Los Angeles, who had moved to California for health reasons.

She met Joe during a singles weekend at Camp Ramah in Ojai, and after a quick courtship, they were married in a small ceremony in Palm Springs. During their 63 years of marriage, they traveled the world, played lots of bridge, collected art, were business partners, and most of all loved to spend time with their grandchildren. She loved having a pot of matzah ball soup waiting for the family when they would visit, and enjoyed sneaking them Hershey Kisses at the end of their visits.

Shirley had a huge smile and gorgeous dimples. She was smart, funny, and prided herself on keeping the books for their home and businesses, which were balanced by hand to the penny. Unlike most grandparents, she did not shy away from technology. She learned to text so she could communicate with her grandkids, and wanted to learn how to program the television (instead of someone doing it for her). She enjoyed the challenge.

Shirley is survived by her son Stuart (Ann Kim), daughter Felice (Bryan) and her grandchildren Gaby, Chloe, Khoa and Kailamae as well as nieces Diane and Renee, brother-in-law Max, and many friends and family that loved her. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Joe, her parents Nathan and Fanny,and her brother Shikey.

Thank you to Jasmine and the wonderful staff at Family Care Manor that lovingly cared for her for the last 18 months when dementia made it too difficult to care for her at home.

In lieu of flowers, if you wish to make a donation in Shirley’s memory, the family suggests City of Hope.