3/30/31 - 5/17/17
Shirley Hemphill Magarian, age 86, passed away in Pasadena, California. She is survived by her children, Marti Dolata and her husband Dan Dolata, Andrew Magarian and his wife Bonnie Schut, Joel Magarian and his wife Leslie Magarian, Toby Magarian and his wife Jean Magarian, Amy Magarian Abrahamian and Liza Magarian Tedford and her husband James Tedford. She is also survived by her siblings Lester Hemphill and Jody Hemphill Smith and her grandchildren, John Magarian, Molly Magarian, Trevor Abrahamian, Bryan Abrahamian, Nicholas Magarian, Jack Magarian, Max Tedford and Jake Tedford.
The eldest daughter of a high school teacher and a children’s book author and founder of a Fort Wayne, Indiana, Montessori program, Shirley graduated from Ball State University and taught Kindergarten before marrying John Jacob Magarian. She followed him on many cross-country moves, and was an active volunteer in whatever community she found herself from the PTA to both Boy and Girl Scouts. She was President of the Los Altos Chapter of the League of Women Voters and served as Board Member and President of the Los Altos-Mt View High School District Board for over a decade. She hated running for office but did so on the principle that if you want something done, you need to get involved yourself. She was an avid reader, a supporter of the Arts and a dedicated needle pointer. Shirley Hemphill Magarian has left this world a better place than she found it and will be greatly missed.
Memorial Service will be held at Spangler Mortuary, 399 S. San Antonio Rd. Los Altos on Friday, May 26, 2017 at 11:00 a.m.