Mom's Pottery

Mom made pottery of all kinds, and had so much fun doing it too.

Here are a few pictures of Mom's life.

Here are some Pots Place photos.


More to come

There is so much to share here about Mom.

I plan to put more photos here and links to her favorite places later on. Be looking for that.

Mom's charities are listed on another page. Just click to go there.

Moms Remembrance Page One / Mom's Remembrance Page Two / Mom's Charity Page

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Welcome to the Mary Hooper Hirst Remembrance Pages. I have put her Obituary page here, and the kind comments people are sending in are at the bottom of this page. More on on Comments Page 2.

Expect more here on these pages later - more photos, and more about Mom, her friends, her pottery, her travels, and her life. She was a unique individual - - truly an original!

About Mom

Mary Hooper Hirst, 80, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, died Wednesday, February 1st, 2012, at 3:30 a.m. at McKendree Health Center in Hermitage, Tennessee after a long illness.

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A celebration of her life will be held Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for friends and family at the Pots Place in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

A graveside service for friends and family will be held at 3:00 the same day at Fairview Cemetery.

Mrs. Hirst was a potter and owner of The Pots Place Co-op Studio and Gallery in downtown Fountain Square in Bowling Green, Kentucky. She was the daughter of Mark L. Hooper and Helen Powell Hooper of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She was preceeded in death by her parents, her husband, David R. Hirst, and a brother, M. Lansing Hooper of Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Her husband, David R. Hirst, who died in 1990, was a past Plant Manager in Bowling Green, Kentucky at Cutler-Hammer and Eaton Corporation.

Mary Hooper Hirst, a Wisconsin native, was born August 10, 1931 in Manitowoc, later attending the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduating from the University of Wisconsin.  She loved gardening, her friends, making pottery, and helping with both her and her daughter’s Girl Scout troop. She was a student in Milwaukee under the well-known Wisconsin potter, Abraham Cohn, who now has a pottery studio and gallery in Fish Creek, Wisconsin called The Potter’s Wheel.

Mrs. Hirst was also one of the first women to take welding classes in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She made welded found-art assemblages, garden art sculpture and some as unique artistic bases for pots, as well as all kinds of other pottery. She long emphasized the importance of making art accessible to all, and loved the “beauty of imperfection” found in original artwork of all kinds.

The Hirsts moved from Shorewood, Wisconsin to India in 1971, and stayed until 1974, then moving to Bowling Green, Kentucky. Mary loved India and the friends she made there; and often said that the time she spent there was a major highlight of her life.

She also loved Bowling Green, Kentucky and the great friends she made there.

Mrs. Hirst attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. She was a past member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, a lifetime member of Girl Scouts, U.S.A., a member of the D.A.R. and the Colonial Dames of America.

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Survivors include a sister, Nancy Horvath of Lake Waynoka, Ohio, and Manitowoc, Wisconsin, three daughters, Elizabeth Sheppard of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Sarah Scanlon of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Helen Hooper-Hirst of Nashville, Tennessee, a sister-in-law, Jacqueline Hooper of Edgerton, Wisconsin, four grandchildren, Jacqueline Hoyle, Hannah Scanlon, Mark Scanlon, and Ginevra Heric, ten nephews and nieces, and other special members of her and her husband’s family who live in Idaho, Arizona, and across the country.

Mary will be remembered by many much-beloved family and friends in Kentucky, India, Wisconsin, across the country, and around the world.


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Leave a comment

Do you have a special memory of Mary Hooper Hirst? Or just want to leave a message or tell us you were here? Leave a comment below. Thank you!

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I appreciate your comments and stories about Mary Hooper Hirst so much!

You can also visit the contact page here on the website to contact Betsy.

Some comments about Mom so far:

From Joyce Hirst: a beautiful page, remembering a beautiful lady!

We had such fun with your Mom and Dad when they came to Neah Bay after they took the trip to Egypt, I think it was 1989, Mary was very funny telling about riding the camel.

From Lynne Ferguson: I am so sorry for your mother's passing. This remembrance page is a lovely way to remember your mother.

From Sue Fanta Jones:

How sorry I was to hear of Mary's passing. Growing up with Mary in Manitowoc and then going on the trips with the "Lovely Ladies of '49" I have so many memories of fun times with her.

One of my favorite high school memories was at a sleep over at her home on Lincoln Blvd.  I don't recall how many of us were there but we must have run out of things to do or talk about and ended up painting red rings around the light pole in front of the house.   Those rings lasted a long time. 

The last time I saw  Mary was in New York on one of our trips we planned each year with the Lovely Ladies of '49. We still try and take these trips the last one being to San Antonio in the spring of 2010.    We missed her presence there.  I still have one of her pottery dishes which she brought to Palm Desert in 1991 when 6 of us gathered at our condo for days of fun in the sun!!

Know that I will be thinking of you on the 18th as you celebrate Mary's life. Know my prayers are with you all.

Sue Fanta Jones


From Betsy Durkee:

I have so many memories of Mary. We always called her Mary Ellen as Ellen was her middle name. I always felt like she was a sister - I was or am 3 months older than she was. We lived 100 miles apart. She in Manitowoc, WI and I in Ottawa, WI. Our families would travel that 100 miles on Thanksgiving or Christmas one way or the other. When I spent time at Mary's house, we laid on the bed and read comic books all day. We also played croquet in the Hooper backyard. I remember when we were at the Hoopers for Thanksgiving, it was decided that I could spend a few extra days but I had nothing packed in the line of clothes. Aunt Helen, Mary's mother, said I could wear some of Mary's dresses. Well, they were a little short on me and I always felt someone would see my panties. I was sooo embarrassed. I could go on but these are just a few of my memories. Mary was my 1st cousin.


From Jacqueline <Hirst> Hoyle:

Mary Hooper Hirst was my grandmother.  My memories of her are so wonderful!  She always knew how to make someone feel better, and she always knew just what to say.  In the pool she would walk around in the shallow end...and when you least expected it, she'd say, "ECHO". It was this spot that would echo.  And it always caught us off guard. One day looking up at birds together she said, "Jackie, I am not going to be here forever.  When I am gone, I want you to remember me this way.  I will be the birds and the butterflies." And that I go on living without her, I am reminded that she is still here!  Beautiful lady, you will always be remembered.  Miss you forever, love you always.

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