Shirley Edith Moskowitz was born on August 4, 1920 in Houston Texas, the daughter of Joseph Louis and Flora Susnitsky Moskowitz.
She studied art from girlhood, and received a BA from Rice University. She received an MA from Oberlin College.
It was at Oberlin that she met Jacob W. Gruber, whom she married in 1946. The couple had three children, Ruth, Frank (married to Janet Levin), and Samuel (married to Judith Meighan) and three grandchildren — Henry, Jonah and Zoe.
Shirley died on April 28, 2007.