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Thayer, MO Location (417) 264-7242


Ethel Belle Hirsch passed away at the age of 98 on January 5, 2020 at her home in Thayer, Missouri. She was born May 16, 1921 in Park Hill, Oklahoma to Herbert Timothy and Bess Olean (Wall) Hinton.

In 1939, Ethel graduated high school from the School of the Ozarks. She married Albert C. Hirsch on September 28, 1940 in Fayetteville, AR. To this marriage eleven children were born: Betty Garrison, Thayer; Marie (Harry) Vincent, Ballwin, MO; Albert Hirsch, Thayer; Herbert (Kathleen) Hirsch, Thayer; June (Danny) Davis, Koshkonong; Gary (Delores) Hirsch, Thayer; Roy (Debbie) Hirsch, Pea Ridge, AR; Janice (Johnny) Howell, Rogers, AR; William (Cindy) Hirsch, Pineville, MO; Katherine (Michael) Langston, Thayer; and Larry (Betty) Hirsch, Thayer. Grandmother of Brent Garrison, Jon Vincent, Brian Hirsch, Beth Luebbering, Gerry Davis, Scott Davis, Pam Fitzgerald, Gary Hirsch, Jr., John Kernagis, Nick Hirsch, Jessica Pride, Kattie Garrett, Christi Baldwin, Jared Hirsch, Misty Konkle, Ashley Rannals, Christian Hirsch and Brittany Hirsch. In addition to her children and grandchildren, Ethel was survived by numerous great grandchildren; great great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law; several nieces and nephews; other relatives and many friends.

Ethel was the great great granddaughter of Cherokee Chief John Ross. She enjoyed her visits to Thalequah, Oklahoma to attend the annual decoration and to visit with family and friends. She was an excellent cook, feeding everyone who was lucky enough to be visiting. Ethel loved spring and the arrival of the hummingbirds. She also loved to work in her vegetable and flower gardens.

Ethel was active in the Thayer Happy Hustlers 4H group for over 20 years where she enriched the lives of many young boys and girls. She was a homemaker for many years, later working as a dietician at Chastain’s Nursing Home in Thayer. She became an active member of the Lone Scouts of America as a Tota, traveling across the country with her husband meeting new friends.

Ethel spent several years at Shepherd’s View Assisted Living in Alton where she received excellent care and enjoyed visiting with old friends and making new ones. She had a great time laughing with the staff.

During her last month, she was happy to be home and so thankful for the services provided by her nurse Shelby and CNA Cindy. The family is very appreciative for the compassion that was shown to our family and most of all for keeping our precious mother comfortable.

Ethel was preceded in death by her husband, Albert C. Hirsch; two sons-in-law, William Garrison and Anthony Azar; one granddaughter Jeanni Hirsch; her parents; three sisters; and two brothers.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to Riverways Hospice or a charity of your choice.

Funeral services for Ethel Belle Hirsch will be held Monday, January 13, 2020 at 2:oo p.m. at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer, Missouri with Pastor Sid Allsbury officiating.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 12, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Carter Funeral Home in Thayer.

Burial will be on Monday, January 13, 2020 in Thayer Cemetery in Thayer, Missouri with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.



  1. Loretta Mills
    January 9, 2020 @ 2:39 pm

    Hirsch Family, Sorry to hear of your loss. She and Vesta were very good friends as long as possible. Ethel was a sweet heart and I know you will miss your Mom. Just remember she lived a long life and enjoyed her children. My God give You comfort and blessings be yours. Loretta Mills

  2. Tommie & Marie Blankenship
    January 10, 2020 @ 10:07 am

    Hirsch Family our deepest sympathy goes out to each of you at this time, as the loss of a dear Mother is always difficult. Please know that she is in Heaven without pain watching over you, and God knew she was ready to come home. May you all have peace in knowing she is resting well now! Our prayers will be with you for comfort should you need an ear to listen or shoulder to lean on we will always be near.
    May God’s peace be with you,
    Love Tommie & Marie Blankenship

  3. Ronda (Baker) Jewell
    April 21, 2020 @ 11:38 am

    The Hirsch family. I am sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. She was a very sweet lady to all. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.