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Take Part in a Lasting Legacy Supporting the Sacramento Zoo

Shirley George was an art enthusiast who loved collecting pieces from local artists. She will always be remembered for her love of life, generosity, and friendships. Even though she is no longer with us, her legacy of supporting nonprofits continues. You can honor Shirley’s legacy, support the Sacramento Zoo, and acquire one-of-a-kind pieces of local artwork by Gregory Kondos, Miles Hermann, Megan Aline, Paul Ferney and much more at the Sparrow Gallery now thru the end of November.

Shirley George was born on July 16, 1929 and passed away on May 5, 2017. She attended Anna Head School for Girls in Berkeley, California. She then went on to graduate from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in mathematics in 1952. She moved to Sacramento with her parents in 1952 and worked at California State University, Sacramento for 32 years in the education department as an academic advisor.

Outside of her career, Shirley was an active golfer at the Campus Commons Golf Club and she loved to travel and partake in new adventures. She took annual trips abroad, discovering a new part of the world with each adventure.

As a woman of faith Shirley contributed to St. Thomas Church in Sacramento. Always generous, Shirley also annually contributed to Heifer Foundation, KVIE, American Red Cross, and the Nature Conservancy.

Shirley’s final gifts from her estate were to the American Red Cross and the Nature Conservancy. Her art collection was donated to provide funds for the nonprofit Sacramento Zoo.

Shirley has embarked on her next journey, leaving behind an impressive legacy. Thank you for making a difference in so many ways, Shirley!

Visit the Sparrow Gallery to purchase a beautiful one-of-a-kind piece to benefit the Sacramento Zoo. Artwork available thru November 30.

Learn how you can leave a legacy at the Sacramento Zoo.

Sparrow Art Gallery