Shirley Gail Fox Brown
08/30/1943 - 09/16/2019
Shirley Gail Fox Brown, 76, reached the end of her battle with AML Leukemia on September 16, 2019. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Richard Roy Brown Jr, her brother Robert Fox, four children Christopher Brown, Cheryl Brown Howarth, Melanie Brown Thomas and Jeffrey Brown and eight grandchildren.
She was born August 30, 1943 and raised in Los Angeles, California by her parents William Johnson Fox and Margaret Ann Romney Ballantyne Fox where she graduated from University High School in 1961. In 1962, she married Richard Brown after he wooed her away from her first semester at Brigham Young University.
Aside from six months in Ohio, the newlyweds remained in West Los Angeles where they raised their four children in Cheviot Hills where they had many wonderful friends and memories. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and lived in the Westwood 2nd Ward, Los Angeles California Stake for most of her life.
She worked for 25 years in the Pediatric Hematology Oncology Department at UCLA where she was an administrative assistant and bone marrow transplant coordinator but was often called “Dr. Brown” by the physicians in the department. She was on the original Board of Directors for Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. At camp, she was in charge of the cooking program and was known to all as “mom”.
In 2003 she and her husband, Dick, relocated to Herriman, Utah. Once she moved to Utah, she became involved with the Antelope Island Endurance Ride. She owned and rode horses all her life. She was a lover of all animals and had a variety of pets ranging from dogs to cats to horses and some might even say deer.
She loved being involved in anything and everything in the community. In Herriman she quickly joined the community theater and performed in many of the summer plays. Her most memorable cameo was as a nun, popping into the many different productions.
She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother to many, and friend who lent a hand to anyone and everyone she could. Between traveling all over the world with her mother, or in an RV with her friends, or getting into trouble with her grandchildren, or simply chit chatting on the phone, she kept very busy. She was a woman with an exceptionally witty sense of humor and an enthusiastic zest for life. Even in the toughest of times, Shirley always managed to find something to laugh about.
When someone’s light shines as brightly as hers did, an empty darkness is left behind. Her absence will be felt and she will be missed dearly.
Funeral Services will be at the LDS Cove Ward Chapel
15003 S. Spring Canyon Dr.
Viewing – Friday September 20th 6-8pm
Funeral – Saturday September 21st 10am
Internment – Uintah City Cemetery
1500 East 6450 South
Luncheon to follow the cemetery at the Cove Ward Chapel