Virginia Irene Heyboer gently passed into the presence of her loving Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday June 17, 2017.
Virginia or 'Jinny' as she was known was born in Muskegon, Michigan Dec 9, 1921. She graduated from Coopersville High School where she met her high school sweetheart Gerald 'Jerry' Heyboer. She was one of the first women to serve her country in the Marine Corps during World War II and quickly rose to the rank of Staff Sergeant, while Jerry served in the Army. They were married in November of 1945. She travelled the world as an Air Force wife embracing her role as wife and mother with the same natural enthusiasm and creativity that helped her make friends in all parts of the world. She loved her Savior and was always involved as a member or officer in the United Methodist Women, as well as PTA and Christian Women's Club. She showed her creativity as a Room Mother, Brownie Leader and later founded a Cooking Club for International Students at Michigan State University. She taught English in many settings, usually through lunches and tea parties in the US, Okinawa and Thailand. She enjoyed entertaining for her bridge clubs, military friends and family groups. She learned many new talents as they travelled from Chinese cooking, to making hats (she made our Easter hats one year) and Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) to cake decorating.
She is predeceased by her devoted husband of 70 years Jerry Heyboer. She is survived by daughter Patricia and husband Noah Speer of Huntsville TX, daughter Jackie and husband Milt Munger of New Caney, TX, son Gerald Thomas Jr and wife Liz of Lansing, MI and daughter Jane and husband Aaron McNaughton of Brea, CA. He was also dearly loved by his grandchildren Gloria Nelson and husband Leif of Whitefish, MT, Elizabeth Speer of Mesquite,TX , Noah A (Andy) Speer and wife Meghan of Richardson, TX, Jason Munger and wife Jill of New Caney TX, Sarah Abbamonto of Orange County CA, Carrie and husband Jimmy Pierce of Lake Forest CA and great grandchildren Benjamin Nelson, Josephine Nelson, Noah F Speer and Mattingly Speer, Dante Munger and Mia Munger.
Her brother in law John Heyboer and wife Wava, of Holland, MI and sister in law Norma Timmer of Escanaba, MI, also survive her
The family wishes to thank Dr. Olson and the staff at Creekside for her care.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Texas Lions Camp at PO Box 290247 Kerrville, TX 78029.
The family will receive friends at 1:00 PM, with a memorial service presided over by Kathy Dunn to begin at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 24, 2017 in the chapel of Sam Houston Memorial Funeral at 1700 Normal Park Drive, Huntsville, Texas. The family will gather at a later date for the interment of Mrs. Heyboer in Tucson, Arizona.
Full obituary may be viewed and memorial condolences made to the family at www.shmfh.com.
Published on June 21, 2017