Aretta Hirst

Funeral services for Aretta Marie Hirst, 86, Lawrence will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the First Church of the Nazarene in Lawrence.  Burial will follow at Worden Cemetery, SW of Lawrence.  She died Friday, August 9, 2013 at Lawrence Presbyterian Manor.

Aretta was born March 18, 1927 in Hessdale, KS (Wabaunsee County), the daughter of Arthur and Cathryn Hill Ross. She grew up in Wabaunsee County and Eskridge, KS. She graduated from Eskridge High School. She and her husband moved to Lawrence in 1955.

In her later years, she was a homemaker. She had formerly worked at Gambles, Wilson Glass, All-Star Dairy, Tony’s Nissan, and the Medicalodges Eudora.

Aretta was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene in Lawrence.

She married Harold Hirst on January 21, 1951 in Eskridge, KS. He survives of the home.

Survivors include two daughters, Dinah Hirst, Lawrence, Paulette (Jeri) Breithaupt,  of Lawrence; one son, Ross ( Karen) Hirst, Topeka; a sister, Margaret Hogue of Topeka, KS; three grandchildren, Julie (Justin) Hoffman, Eric (Heather) Hirst, and Jeffrey (Angie) Breithaupt; and four great grandchildren, Caden Hoffman, Mason Hoffman, Carson Hirst, and Bella Breithaupt. She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother, Arthur Ross and one sister, Florence Smith.

The family will greet friends at the church from 9 a.m. until service time.

The family suggests memorials in her name to First Church of the Nazarene and may be sent in care of the mortuary.

9 Condolences

  1. Rita Burke on August 10, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Dinah, so sorry to hear about your mom. I understand your loss. My mom passed away 7/26/13. Thinking of you & your family.
    Rita Burke

  2. Charlotte Pickenpaugh Holter on August 11, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Harold and Aretta were dear friends to our family. When we first moved to Lawrence, they were some of our first visitors to our home. Aretta was a wonderful cook and we had many meals in their home. They were friends for life and we are sad she is gone but know she is enjoying her heavenly reward. Sharing in your sadness but hope our prayers will comfort you.

  3. Diana&Mike Leming on August 11, 2013 at 8:49 am

    Harold and family, real sorry for your loss. I know how hard this is and Aretha is dancing with The Lord, peace be with you !

  4. Marcia & Steven Boehle on August 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Dinah,Paulette and Ross
    So sorry about the loss of your Mother. Aretta was such a sweet and caring person.
    Ours prayers will be with your families .

  5. Marilyn Breithaupt Peterjohn on August 11, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    Harold, Dinah, Paulette, Ross and Families, May your hearts be filled with the wonderful memories of joyful times with your Mother. Our prayers are with you

  6. Cami Galloway on August 12, 2013 at 7:33 am

    I consider myself blessed to have had my life path cross with Aretta and Harold and their dear family. A legacy of loving, caring, hospitable people have come from their influence. My prayer is that the homegoing service will be filled with celebration and that God will fill the empty spot she has left with His close glorious presence. Paying for you all.

  7. Linda Helton on August 12, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Harold, Ross, Dinah and Paulette, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  8. Roger & Jean McEowen on August 12, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Ross, sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our prayers are with you and your family.

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