Jean Ann Hirschi, beloved sister, aunt and friend, peacefully passed away on October 28, 2019. She was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, where she graduated from High School and then attended the University of Texas, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. Subsequently she transferred to UCLA and completed her Bachelor's Degree and obtained a Doctor of Jurisprudence.
She was admitted to the California Bar in 1958 and practiced briefly in the Los Angeles area before moving her practice to Palm Desert in the early 1960's. In 1970 she formed a partnership with James Healey and Dennis Healey, which became the law firm of Hirschi, Healey & Healey until 1984, when she joined Walter Clark in the formation of Hirschi & Clark and subsequently Hirschi, Clark & Hawkins, prior to returning to a solo practice.
Jean Ann was considered to be the First Lady of the Desert Bar and as such became the first female president of the Desert Bar Association. She was highly respected in the legal community and was loved by her colleagues and clients. She was an inspiration to many for her strength and kindness and a very gracious hostess with a ready smile.
During her career she received numerous honors and was an Athena Award recipient. Her involvement in local charities was extensive as she served on several boards of directors and supported many charitable causes including, but not limited to, Desert Samaritans, Virginia Waring Piano Competition, Palm Springs Art Museum, ACT for MS, College of the Desert, McCallum Theatre, The Living Desert, and Shelter from the Storm.
Jean Ann is survived by her brother, John Mark Hirschi, who resides in Wichita Falls, Texas and her niece, Joanna Hirschi, who resides in El Sobrante, California, her long-time care giver, Raquel Chaney from Cathedral City and a coterie of friends too long to list.
A memorial service will take place at St Margaret Episcopal Church in Palm Desert, California on January 16, 2020, at 11:30 a.m.
In lieu of flowers the family would request that you donate to your favorite charity in Jean Ann's honor.