A color guard memorial service was conducted on the United States Coast Guard Cutter Halibut off the coast of Marina del Rey Dec. 5 for the late U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary member Shirley A. Lehman.
A Marina del Rey resident for more than 35 years, Lehman, who had served as the voice of “Radio Del Rey” for the Coast Guard for more than 15 years, died Oct. 31 after a brief battle with cancer, according to the Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Auxiliary members said Lehman’s voice was recognized by all the auxiliary vessels on patrol in Santa Monica Bay, as she held “radio guard” for all boats under Coast Guard orders during many hundreds of hours of service.
Several dozen people attended the memorial ceremony on either the cutter or on five other vessels that were in the procession, as well as a helicopter that flew overhead to pay respect. Lehman’s ashes were scattered at sea and red roses were tossed upon the water.
The event was a tribute to a woman who had touched many lives in her service with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, in addition to her work as a junior high school English teacher for 25 years, according to the Auxiliary. A reception followed the memorial service at the Del Rey Yacht Club.
Lehman was an avid reader who enjoyed collecting nautical poetry and loved animals, especially cats. Auxiliary members say she will be sorely missed by her shipmates.
Lehman is survived by her mother, Marie Shay, her step-daughter Cecelia Price and Price’s husband, Grant. Lehman was preceded in death by her husband, Jacques Lehman, in February.