Shirley Ann (Herbert) Almeida died peacefully in her home in Banning, California, May 15, surrounded by her family. She was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania in 1940 and graduated from Barberton High School. She moved to California in 1961, where she met and married her husband, John. She loved to travel, entertain, play cards, go to the beach and, in her younger years, she could always be seen riding her beloved horses.
She worked as a swim and diving instructor in Florida, worked for Pan Am and started her own sporting good supply company in California in the 80s and later worked for then Senator Ed Royce in Fullerton for many years. She was an integral Victims Assistance advocate for the Orange County courts. She started the current Alzheimer’s Group at Sun Lakes in Banning after her husband John was diagnosed with the disease eight years ago.
She attended Pennsville EUB Church in Pennsylvania in her youth and more recently attended the Beaumont Presbyterian Church. The family appreciates all the kind responses and thoughts and will be having a private memorial service. She was preceded in death by her husband, John; mother, Beulah (Bittner); father, John Henry Herbert; and brother, John Robert Herbert. She is survived by her children, Vicki and John; grandchildren, Erik, Hannah, Jake, Zachary and Garrett; sisters, Elaine (Herbert) White; brothers, James, Richard and Dale Herbert as will her many nieces, nephews, cousins and best friend, Jeff Martin. She will be missed.