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Derby Hirst

February 22, 2008
Marietta Times
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Derby Quin Hirst, 97, a resident of Ginger Cove, Annapolis, Md., died of natural causes Tuesday (Feb. 19, 2008) at Ann Arundel Medical Center after a brief illness.

Born May 5, 1910, in PeeWee Valley, Ky., the daughter of the Right Rev. and Mrs. Clinton S. Quin, Mrs. Hirst was raised in Houston, Texas, where her father served as Episcopal bishop of the diocese of Texas. She graduated from the Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., in 1928, and from Rice University with a bachelor of arts in 1931. In 1935, she married the Rev. Penrose W. Hirst. The couple resided in King City, Calif., Brownsville, Texas, Marietta, Ohio, Lampasas, Texas, and Houston, Texas, in the course of his ministry. In 1990, she moved to Ginger Cove.

Mrs. Hirst was a very involved member of Episcopal and ecumenical church organizations throughout her life. She served on the national board of Forward Movement, in various responsible positions in Church Women United, and in Episcopal Church Women, and was an active member of the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross. In addition to her church work, she was president of the YWCA Board in Houston, serving as host to the 1970 national convention. Continuing her contributions to the YWCA in Annapolis, she received the 1999 Maggie Boone Moss Award for her work with the YWCA there. At Ginger Cove, she was chairman of the Religious Life Committee and organized the regular Wednesday services there. Aside from her volunteer work, she was the director of volunteers and counselor at the Harris County Center for the Retarded in Houston from 1972 through 1989. She was also an avid bridge player.

She was predeceased by her husband in 1971.

Survivors include her daughter, Wendy Fredland of Annapolis; two grandchildren, Nils Fredland of Keene, N.H., and Inga Potter of Portsmouth, N.H.; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held in St. Anne’s Episcopal Church in Annapolis at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27. Inurnment will be in Houston.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lars Fredland Memorial Fund/Black Box Theatre, Hiram College, Hiram, Ohio 44234; or to the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, 46 Elm St., Byfield, Mass. 01922.

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