Virginia Hayes Bockmier

Virginia Hayes Bockmier

Virginia Hayes Bockmier


Virginia was born to Dr. and Mrs. James C. Hayes, in Medford, Ore. Ginnie, as she was called by family and friends, was the seventh of eight Hayes children. The family grew up at 835 East Main Street in Medford before moving to their rural property on the Rogue River. Ginnie's father, James, was a strong and loving influence on her. As a local physician, civic leader, outdoorsman and President of the Oregon Medical Society, he was admired long after his passing and was a lifelong source of pride.

Ginnie graduated from Medford High School and went on to attend University of Oregon where she was a member of the Alpha Phi sorority. After World War II she lived for a time in Portland, Ore., and worked for the Veterans Administration. In the early fifties she married Ralph "Sonny" Bockmier. Her marriage to the combat veteran and B24 pilot was short lived, yet resulted in three children.

Ginnie spent the immediate years after her divorce living with her children and sister, Mary Hayes, in St. Louis, Mo., where she began working for the Federal Bureau of Hearings and Appeals as a secretary and then as a Court Hearing Examiner. In the 1970's she transferred to the Social Security Administration and worked with many black lung cases in reviewing appeals for disability benefits. She retired after 35 years of combined government service in 1992.

In addition to her working career, she was also a talented homemaker plus an exceptional cook and baker. Her children adored her and she often acted as a second mother to many of her children's friends. Ginnie's dinner table always had room for one more.

In 2002 she fulfilled a dream of returning to her beloved Cascade Mountains and Medford, Ore. Once again living in the Rogue Valley; she was sincerely happy as she spent the last years of her life socializing with long time friends and family.

She is survived by her daughter, Virginia Siempelkamp; sons, James and Daniel Bockmier; brother, Robert Hayes; and five grandchildren.

At Ginnie's request, no services will be held. Remembrances in Ginnie's name can be made to Komen for the Cure to benefit cancer research. Attn: Gift Management Services, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX 75244.

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