Esther Helena Spear Hirschman, 97, of Temple was called to her final home Saturday, April 8, 2017. She was born on Nov. 14, 1919, in Moundsville, W.Va., to Homer Holt Spear and Dora Lehman Spear. Known as "Sis" to her family, Esther was a beloved wife, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother. Memorial service: 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Crawford-Bowers Funeral Home. Interment: Texas State Veterans Cemetery, Killeen. Esther graduated from Hannibal High School in Hannibal, Ohio, in 1937 as Salutatorian. She married Raymond Slade Hirschman on May 30, 1941, in Chagrin Fall, Ohio, after meeting him on a blind date. Esther and Ray were blessed with 56 years of marriage until his death on Christmas day, 1997. During that time they raised a family of five children and moved all over the country while Ray served in the U.S. Army. They lived in Ohio, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Alaska, Michigan, Florida and Texas. Preceding Esther in death were her husband, Raymond Hirschman; sisters, Gilda Podmore and Helen Spear; brother, Robert Spear; and grandson, Matthias Hirschman. Survivors: Esther is survived by her children, Norman Hirschman and wife, Rosi, of Bad Kissingen, Germany; Pat Hirschman Knepley and husband, Ken, of Spokane, Wash.; David Hirschman and wife, Ernestine, of Shelbyville, Ky.; Doug Hirschman and wife, Tori, of Arlington; daughter, Sue Hirschman Cowie and husband, Mike, of Jarrell; sisters, Dorothy Lloyd and Marjorie Riggenbach; grandchildren, Mark Hirschman, Keith Hirschman, Lisa Hirschman Walsh, Katie Hirschman and Jill Cowie Cloud; and numerous great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
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