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Shirley Zittrouer Bryan

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Posted: Friday, August 23, 2019 4:05 pm

Shirley was born in January 1929 in Savannah, Georgia. She moved to Atlanta when she was 7 years old. Shirley played basketball in high school and after graduating in 1945 she started her freshman year at Duke University. While at Duke she was courted by Paul Bryan, a boy she knew from her Decatur neighborhood as she had taken piano lessons from Paul’s mother. Paul was a Naval aviator who asked Shirley to tie the knot after her graduation. They were married in June 1950, embarking on a Navy career which would take them to the usual bases every few years including Evanston, Illinois, Virginia Beach, Oxnard, Monterey and finally landing in Coronado in 1962.

By that time Paul and Shirley had two sons, 7 and 9, with another on the way. Shirley was a devoted mother, raising three boys between Paul’s deployments overseas. In Coronado she was active in several social circles including garden club, Optimists, and the Methodist church. Occasionally she substitute taught at Coronado Junior and Senior high schools. Paul’s final orders were to Pearl Harbor in 1971. Shirley loved Hawaii with the warm weather, beaches, luau’s, tennis, etc. She took hula lessons while there and was famous for teaching the “Hukilau” to scores of folks back here on the mainland.

After Paul’s retirement in 1974, the Bryans moved back to Coronado. Shirley worked for a time at the Coronado Shores as Social Director, organizing outside tours, happy hours, dinners, and dances for the residences. Hospitality came naturally to Paul and Shirley. Their friendly spirits were never more on display than at St Paul’s United Methodist church. Greeting every visitor with a smile and a story. Shirley made it a habit to invite every lonely sailor that set foot in the foyer to brunch at their house after church. A few of those sailors remained friends for life. Shirley had a passion for living life to it’s fullest. She loved to boogie board in the surf at North Beach. She doted on her eight grandchildren as they came into her life. And although her memory was taken too early with the onset of Alzheimers’ Disease, she remained positive and radiant throughout all of her years.

Shirley is proceeded in death by Paul and her son Steve. She is survived by sons, Keith (Claudia) and Ken (Ann Marie) and daughters-in-law Debra; grandsons Chris, Nate, Jordan, Brad and Troy; grandaughters Kelly, Robyn, Claire and great-grandchildren Mathis, Adaliz, Mallory, Jett and Kennedy. A memorial service is planned for Thanksgiving week 2019.