Barbara Decker Hirsch

Published 9:29 am Wednesday, January 25, 2012

NEWPORT NEWS—Barbara Decker Hirsch passed away on Jan. 23, 2012, in Newport News surrounded by family.

Mrs. Hirsch battled diabetes for many years with grace and dignity. She was born in West Orange, N.J., on March 17, 1940, to Gerard and Evelyn Decker.

Mrs. Hirsch worked as a secretary for Chubb and Sons prior to her marriage.

She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church in Wanchese, N.C.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Decker of Arizona.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Harvey A. Hirsch Jr. He was her constant companion and caregiver for all the years of her illness and took care of her with much love, often saying “she is my hero.”

She is also survived by two daughters, Nancy Brown of Manteo, N.C., and Linda Drake and husband, Neil, of Newsoms, Va.

She was a loving and doting grandmother to Emily, Grayson, William and Emma. They were her pride and joy and will long serve as an example of faith and endurance.

She was also loved by a host of family and friends.

A service will be held at Bethany United Methodist Church on Thursday, January 26, at 2 p.m. followed by burial at Manteo Cemetery. A reception will follow at their home at 112 Puddle Lane in Manteo.