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Emily R. Hirst

Emily R. Hirst
February 13, 1911 - April 1, 2013
Resident of Alameda
Emily R. Hirst, born February 13, 1911, died peacefully on April 1, 2013 and joined her beloved husband William R. Hirst M.D., who preceded her in death October 1997. She and her husband grew up in small farming communities outside of Bloomington, Illinois and met in college at Illinois Wesleyan where her husband worked his way through college playing clarinet and saxophone in popular bands and Emily majored in music. They married and moved to Chicago where Dr. Hirst attended medical school at Northwestern University and Emily worked to support his attendance. Following his graduation and internship they lived in Pueblo, Colorado where Dr. Hirst practiced medicine until he was drawn into the Navy and assigned to various posts in California and Hawaii. They never left California and lived in Alameda, CA since 1948. In addition to being a wonderful homemaker and cook, Emily was an accomplished pianist, oil and watercolor artist, as well as a good golfer and a dedicated gardener. Emily was very active until recently in the First Congregational Church of Alameda, having played piano for and sung in the choir of the church for many years. Her sons are thankful for and appreciate the friendship and support church members provided to her in the last several years.
In particular, Emily enjoyed the company of family and friends over many years of her life. She always looked forward to playing golf (having been a member over the years of Alameda Municipal golf course, Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton and Sequoyah Country Club in Oakland) golf junkets, visits to the family's cabins near Mount Lassen and travel and visits to family in central Illinois. She was a very special lady and will be greatly missed by all who knew her and never forgotten by family members. The family appreciates the care provided her by Elders Inn of Alameda, CA and by Vitas Hospice Care.
Emily is survived by her three sons, William Hirst (Fran) of Pleasanton, John Hirst (Noel) of Hayward, and James Hirst (Carolyn) of Santa Rosa, by her grandchildren, Ted Hirst of Chico, Dan Hirst (Theresa) of San Diego, Erin Hirst of Pleasant Hill, Steve Hirst (Alanna) of Danville, Karina Hirst of San Diego, and Micah (Navak) Loucks of Austin, TX, and great-grandchildren, Maxwell, Jack, Evan, Kyle, Shayda and Arman.
Burial will be attended by family only at Mountain View Cemetery in Oakland, CA. A public memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 20, 2013 at First Congregational Church, 1912 Chestnut St., Alameda, Ca followed by a reception.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Parkinson's Institute or First Congregational Church of Alameda, CA.

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Published in Contra Costa Times on Apr. 7, 2013
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