Mary Ann Shamberger |

Mary Ann Shamberger

Mary Ann Shamberger

Mary Ann Shamberger died peacefully Thursday Sept. 13, 2012, following a short battle with lymphoma. She was 81.

A memorial service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at the Hooper and Weaver Chapel in Nevada City.

She was born March 9, 1931, in Woodland, Calif., to Oscar and Juanita Shamberger. She moved to Grass Valley with her parents in 1936. In her younger years, Ms. Shamberger assisted her parents with the operation of the hamburger/milkshake establishment known as the Brownie, which they owned.

Ms. Shamberger graduated from Grass Valley High School in 1949. She completed her Associate of Arts Degree from Sierra College in Auburn in 1951. She enjoyed school and was involved in a variety of activities, including drama. She also really enjoyed history.

During Ms. Shamberger’s 35 years of living in Grass Valley, she raised her two children and was active in their lives of brownies, cub scouts, 4-H, school bands, sports and other activities. She enjoyed playing golf and spending time with family and friends. She worked at the Mother Lode Bank in Grass Valley. She was also a 50-plus member of Eastern Star, Aurora Chapter, in Grass Valley, and was a Past Worthy Matron.

In 1971, Ms. Shamberger moved to Davis, Calif., with her daughter and worked at Cranston International (farming equipment) in Woodland. Several years later, she began working for the University of California at Davis Medical School as an administrative assistant for the Anesthesiology department. As the medical school moved to Sacramento, Ms. Shamberger moved to Sacramento, too, in 1977.

Ms. Shamberger enjoyed reading, gardening and oil painting.

She will be missed by her family and her many dear friends.

Ms. Shamberger is survived by her son Jeff (Carol) Jackson and daughter Kim Jackson, both of Grass Valley; grandsons Daniel Jackson of McMinnville, Ore., and Brian Jackson of Grass Valley; cousin Bill (Carmela) Ramsey of Edgewater, Md.; and many nieces and nephews, including Susan (David) Young of Woodland and Cindy (Ron) Barker of Wenathcee, Wash.

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers Jack and Richard (Bud) Schamberger.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be sent to Hospice of the Foothills or the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Sacramento.

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