Virginia Joan Boykin Frei
Virginia Joan Boykin Frei, 91, died October 27, 2018, at Oatfield Estates Oak Grove due to a series of strokes.
"Gini" was born August 19, 1927, in Arbuckle CA, the only child of Mary Virginia (Smith) and John House Boykin. She grew up in California where she enjoyed surfing (in the days of balsa wood boards), horseback riding, reading, and dancing. She graduated from Coronado High School in 1945. Always a skilled seamstress with a flair for design, she was briefly apprenticed to the Hollywood designer Adrian. She left when it became obvious she was expected to spend all her time making shoulder pads rather than designing gowns for movie stars.
She married LCDR Donald Page Frei in 1952. During his career as a naval aviator they made many moves around the country, most enjoyably three years in Hawaii. When Don retired they moved to Reno, NV, where he pursued a career in Geology. She worked for Syntex Pharmaceuticals for a number of years. She also volunteered for many groups, and especially treasured her time spent at Animal Ark, a wildlife sanctuary near Reno. Donald died in 2010. In 2014, Gini moved to Oak Grove to live with her daughter Judith and son-in-law David. She met many new friends at the Milwaukie Center's "It's All About Memory" group.
Gini was a lively, curious person, always willing to try new things, see new places, meet new people, and hear new music. She will be missed by many friends. She is survived by daughters Judith Spear (David) of Oak Grove and Kathryn Frei of Bainbridge Island WA, her good friend Marsha Jamison of Reno, and her beloved cat "Thunder Paws".
The family wishes to thank all the doctors and nurses who provided such wonderful care for the last few years. Special thanks to the great therapists at Marquis Oregon City. Thanks also to Hospice Care of the Northwest, as well as the staff of Oatfield Estates, especially her wonderful nurse Aniko Kulanda. The loving care she received made all the difference in her last days.
Per her request, no services will be held, but please enjoy a French 75 cocktail in her honor. Virginia would have wanted any donation in her memory to go to Animal Ark, (P. O. Box 60057. Reno, NV 89506-0001), or any animal focused charity.