Virginia Lee Hayes


Virginia Lee Hayes passed away peacefully surrounded by family on May 14, 2012. Virginia was born August 29, 1928, to George and Lucile Mason of Hoquiam, Washington, the second of 4 children. She was married to her husband, Jack B. Hayes of Aberdeen, Wash. for 63 years and together they raised 3 sons.

Virginia spent most of her family years in the Portland area and was proud to call Sherwood, Ore. home. She spent several years as a Teachers’ aide at Hopkins Elementary focusing on special education. Here, she helped change the lives of many children in helping them reach their full potential in a difficult learning environment.

Virginia’s greatest achievement, however, was that as a mother, friend, and community member. Although she raised three athletic boys, she possessed a strength and toughness that rivaled all three put together. Her love and care were beyond measure, an attribute that she also applied to her friends and extended family. She was always more concerned for others’ lives and achievements above her own. She genuinely took pride in the accomplishments of all she knew and truly loved all her friends as family.

Her most memorable times were spent on the shores of Mason Lake, Wash., where she and her family would spend the majority of their annual vacation time and weekends through the years. The “cabin”, that was in her family since 1939, was a special place that was dear to her and her family’s heart where joy and laughter could be found in infinite abundance.

Virginia is survived by her husband, Jack, of King City; sons, Scott (Debbie) of Happy Valley, and Brett (Jenny) of Meridian, Idaho; four grandchildren, Matthew, Tyler, Lexie, and Garrett; and great grandsons Owen and Eli. She was preceded in death by a son, Greg, in 1992.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Hopewell Hospice House, PO Box 4484, Portland, OR, 97208. To Virginia and her family, Hopewell was a place of true Angels, and we thank them from the bottom of our hearts.