Nancy Elizabeth (Phillips) Hirst

July 10, 1937 ~ November 24, 2021 (age 84)


Nancy Elizabeth Hirst 

July 10, 1937- November 24, 2021


Born in Springfield, Ohio, the second eldest of six children, Nancy Phillips (Hirst) was raised by her parents, Margaret, and James Phillips on Floral Avenue. 


In a lively family, Nancy stood out for being smart and studious, rising to become one of two valedictorians in her high-school graduating class. 


After excelling in nursing school, she started working in the profession in 1958. This career carried her far and wide, and she worked everything from ER to psychiatric nursing. Later, she gained a bachelors in sociology and an MBA. 


She rose to the top of the ranks in management, becoming the Chief Operating Officer of an HMO in Atlanta. The last position she held was a hospice case manager in Phoenix, Arizona. She finally retired at the ripe old age of 76. 


She married Norman Hirst in 1961, and delivered the first of two children, Kimberly, the following year. A second daughter, Karen, arrived in 1964. Nancy was an amazing, loving mother all the days of her life. 


She was also an awesome Aunt Nancy to Cheryl, Christina, Kevin, Jill, Amy, Cammie and Carrie in Georgia; Doug, Laurie, Phillip, Katie, Maureen, Colleen and Jimmy of Ohio; and Terry Allen, Jimmy, Bobby and Becky of Florida. 


She will be remembered for her adventurous spirit and vivacious personality. She roller-skated the hills of San Francisco, skied the Austrian Alps, and took her family to Italy. 


She is survived by her daughter, Kimberly Hirst, son-in-law, Stephen Judy, her sister, Linda Roberts, and brother James Phllips( Mary Ellen) as well as the aforementioned nieces and nephews.


You are invited to A Celebration of Life for Nancy Elizabeth Hirst
In her own words, she asked for a celebration where people wear bright, casual clothing. Her stated theme is “how grateful I was for my many blessings throughout my life”. 
Please come and celebrate the joy of knowing and loving Nancy. 
Wine and Roses
104 East Washington Street
Madison, GA
Tuesday, November 30
There will be an hour of remembrance from 6-7pm where we will share poems, stories and inspiration.


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