Shirley was born and raised in Winnipeg. She received a Human Ecology Degree from the University of Manitoba. In 1951 she married Dr. David Drabinsky from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. They permanently moved to California in 1959.
She spent the last years of her life in Sun City, Palm Desert, California.
Shirley passed away peacefully on July 14 in Tarzana, California, after a 2 ½ year battle with pancreatic cancer, surrounded by her loving children and grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents Max and Eva Stone, her husband, Dr. David Drabinsky and her fourth son, Earl Drabinsky. Shirley is survived by her children: Dr. Allan Drabinsky, Gerald Drabinsky, Marvin Drabinsky (Linda Krasne Drabinsky) and Cheryl Drabinsky, and her brothers, Samuel Alexander Stone of Ottawa and Dr. Harold Stone (Reva) of Winnipeg.
Pallbearers were her children Allan, Gerald, Marvin, her grandson David Drabinsky, nephew Howard Drabinsky, and friends Lloyd Goldwater, Delbert Marks, and Harry Birenbaum. Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Harold Stone and Dr. Bernie Bressler.
The family wishes that those who would like to make donations should go online to Concern Foundation (concernfoundation.org) an organization that supports cancer research.