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Shirley Mae Brubaker
(01-25-1930 - 10-21-2017)

Shirley Mae Brubaker January 25, 1930- October 21, 2017

Beloved Mother, Grandmother, sister and friend Shirley Brubaker peacefully passed away on Saturday, October 21, at the JourneyCare Hospice in Barrington, Illinois. She was born in Hartville, Ohio, January 25,1930 to Florence (Kurtz) and William A. Anstine who both preceded her in death.
Shirley was married to Edward L. Brubaker in 1951 until his passing in 2005. Ed and Shirl shared 54 years of marriage, two beautiful daughters, four grandchildren, trips all over the world, many rounds of golf and uncountable cups of coffee together.
Shirley had two sisters Dorothy Francis, who lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Bernice Schumacher who preceded her in death.
Shirley attended Manchester College in Indiana, where she met Edward and then married him and moved to Elgin, where she remained a lifelong resident. Shirley worked for the YMCA with Edward Micklewright who helped to establish Camp Edwards in East Troy WI. Shirley was a lifelong Member of the Church of the Brethren and worked for the church magazine “Messenger” for several years. In addition, she worked for WJKL as the Community Club Representative. She celebrated a 50 year membership in PEO, serving as President and several other officer positions. She was a member of the Elgin Garden Club and an active and associate member of the Elgin Junior Service Board.
Her daughters, Tricia Hernandez and Sally Vincent ( William) were two of her best friends who shared her ability to find beauty in all people and places as well as her love of service. Shirley loved to garden, play bridge and travel with her husband and family. She played golf for many years with the Spartanettes Golf League.
Her four grandchildren were the light of her life, Samuel Roberts, Kate Vincent (Josh Muller,) Benjamin Vincent and Michael Hernandez.
She loved bridge, antiques, jewelry, decorating, shopping and coloring. Shirley was a collector of bunny figurines from all of her travels and those she just thought were “cute.”
She was famous for her homemade pies and shared them at every dinner, birthday and holiday. Shirley was a kind and thoughtful woman with an eye for beauty and a heart for family and friends. She noticed the smallest details and made every event, even a simple family dinner, feel like a special occasion.
We will always cherish her memory and celebrate her life.

A Memorial Service with a reception following will be held on Saturday, November 11, at 11:00 A.M. at the Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren, 783 W. Highland Avenue, Elgin Illinois 60123. In lieu of flowers please send a donation to the Church of the Brethren or PEO Chapter JG, ℅ Sally Vincent, P.O. Box 971, Elgin, Illinois, 60123.

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