Sarah Rose (Shirley) Margolis, Ph.D

Died: Sat., Feb. 29, 2020

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Sarah Rose (Shirley) Margolis, Ph.D, died of cancer on February 29, 2020. Shirley was also known as Shirley Bessire. She was born in 1929 to Ida and Benjamin Margolis, she attended high school in Los Angeles and went on to study history at UCLA where she worked for many years before moving to South Bend.


Shirley was predeceased by her brother, Robert Margolis and her cousin Shirley Federgreen Morris. She leaves her West Coast family, Fran, Rich, Randal and Rebecca, and her dear South Bend friends, Dea, Tammy and Brian. We are very grateful to them for their kindness, friendship and care.


Donations in Shirley's memory should be made to the Jewish National Fund Friends may leave e-mail condolences at


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Charlotte Sobel
   Posted Sun March 15, 2020
I knew Shirley for many, many years as our receptionist at South Bend Heritage Foundation. She was uncanny in her ability to recognize voices over the phone and to remember phone numbers. I used her as my phone book when feeling lazy! She was generous in her gift giving to others - I still have a "cats, book" sweatshirt she gave me. Although it is worn and threadbare, it is a wonderful memory of Shirley. And, the LSU sno-globe she gave me is still cherished.
Shirley had her quirks, who among us doesn't? But I shall always remember her for her kindness and generosity to others.
To her remaining family and friends, please accept my deepest sympathies.