On August 3, 2021 at age 75. Esta Miran was a trailblazer. Born in 1946, she grew up with many challenges. She lost her father at the age of 6 and moved from her birthplace in Brooklyn, NY to the other side of the US to live in Sacramento, California.
Esta was born with a bright mind but was challenged by dyslexia which wasn’t understood at the time. Despite being told to accept her limitations- she was determined to surpass everyone’s expectations and eventually graduated from Columbia University with a Doctorate. Proving to the world that nothing can stop her and leaving a legacy for those who knew her of courage and perseverance.
She met her husband Michael Miran at University of California Berkeley during the Summer of Love in the 1960s They married on January 17,1967. Together they studied, worked and broke with convention. Eventually they married and had two children- Morgan(Anne) Miransky and Sarah Nadav (nee Dahlia Miran). She leaves grandsons Townshend, Shalom and Matan and granddaughter Athena. She has a surviving sister Sybil (Byron) and nieces Margolite, Tamar and Dafna. She is mourned by her sister-in-law Judy (Mike) Gordon.
Esta raised her children to be fiercely independent with a strong moral compass. She brought both children to demonstrations to support migrant farm workers and taught them from a young age to be socially conscious. Both children continued in her tradition working for various social causes and raising their own children to share those values.
Esta was an artist, scholar, academic and advocate for people with mental disabilities, she devoted her life’s work to treating people with severe mental illness and helping them rebuild their lives.
She was blessed with children and grandchildren who loved her dearly and she will be missed deeply by all who knew her.
Graveside Services will be held on THURSDAY, August 5, 2021, at 1 PM in the Light of Israel plot in Stone Road Cemetery (Pearson St. Entrance)[CLICK HERE FOR A MAP]. For those who cannot attend, services will be live-streamed by CLICKING HERE just before 1 PM on Thursday,
Shiva will be observed at 272 Sylvan Road for the full week. Friends are welcome to drop in between 9 AM-7 PM.CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS.
Contributions can be made to the Brighton JFS Food Bank[LINK] or Camp Seneca Lake Campership fund[LINK] in Esta’s memory.