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Virginia Grace (Hake) Speckman

February 2, 1922 - May 28, 2018


Virginia “Granny” Speckman, age 96, passed away in her sleep the morning of May 28, 2018. She had lived in her West Salem, Oregon home since 1963. Born in her family home on February 2, 1922 in Toppenish, Washington, Virginia was raised in the Yakima Valley by her parents Ernest and Lena (Sigurdson) Hake. She learned early on how to tell a good story from characters among the farm hands in her father’s employ, a skill she used for the rest of her life entertaining friends and telling tales of the world she grew up in to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She graduated from Toppenish High School and attended Reed College for two years from 1940 to 1942. After the Second World War broke out she worked at the Post Exchange (PX) on the Portland Army/Air Base while attending classes at Reed. It was on the base that she met her future husband Lt. Henry A. Speckman, a native of Newport, Rhode Island. After a short courtship and even shorter engagement, they were married at the base chapel on September 25, 1943. Throughout their loving 58 years of marriage they had five children, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild and six more great-grandchildren were born after Henry’s death in 2001. In the mid-1960s, she re-entered the workforce alongside Henry until they both retired in 1985.

Virginia and Henry’s retirement was spent well with friends and a large family giving frequent cause for celebrations and family gatherings.
Her wit remained sharp and her sense of humor intact bringing smiles and laughter to all her friends and family until her final day. Her strong will, impeccable memory and fierce independence kept her behind the wheel and living in her own home as well. Virginia’s vitality exceeded the bounds of her own body, and so her passing came as a surprise.

“Granny” is survived by her children: Jean Eves and her children Greg (Lisa) Eves, Brad (Meggan) Eves and Katy (Adam) Bowles; Jim Speckman; Bob (Kate) Speckman and their sons John and Sam Speckman; Steve (Kathy) Speckman; and Jane (Don) Ellsworth and her son Tyler Phifer. She also leaves seven great-grandchildren: Greg’s children Avery and Ryan Eves, Brad’s children Morgan and Jack Eves, and Katy’s children Ashlynn, Lindsey and Carson Bowles. Virginia is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death, in addition to her husband, were: her sister and brother-in-law Hazel and Henry Alderman and their son Henry; brothers Wallace and Charles; brothers and sisters-in-law Ernest and Margaret Hake; and Harold and Barbara Hake and their son Charles.
Friends of the family are invited to attend a celebration of life at the home of Bob and Kate Speckman from 11 A.M. to 2 P.M. on Monday, June 18. Private burial will follow. Contact bobspeckman@gmail.com for directions. Assisting the family is Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, Salem, Oregon.

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To All of Our West Coast Speckman Family,
The East Coast Speckmans will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May our "little" family continue to grow and make many more memories to share with one another! 



To the "Western" Speckman's, (Jean, Jim, Bob, Steve & Jane) and your families, we, the "Eastern" Speckman's want to share our condolences in the loss of your mother.  We understand how the loss of such a significant person in the family impacts everyone in the family.   We wish you the best as you celebrate her life on the 18th.   You are all in our thoughts and prayers as Kelly, (Michael's daughter) so capably shared in her post.  Our memories of Mom & Dad (Dugie & Joe) are what keep the family together as I know your memories of your mother and father will do for all of you.   God Bless. 



FOR 71YEARS (MY ENTIRE LIFE) MY AUNT VIRGINIA  HAD A WONDERFUL PLACE IN MY MIND AND HEART.  SHE WAS FUNNY AND FUN AND HAD A KEEN WIT.  HER OPINIONS WERE THOUGHTFUL.  SHE WAS NOT ONE TO SUFFER FOOLS. SHE WAS A PART OF HOPEFUL SOLUTIONS AND A FOE TO TROUBLE.

I WILL MISS HER FOR MANY REASONS. NOT THE LEAST OF WHICH WAS THE BANANA CREAM PIES SHE CREATED FOR DECADES FOR  FAMILY GET TOGETHERS.  I HAVE NEVER FOUND ANOTHER PIE AS PLEASING.

HER POSITIVE ATTITUDE WAS A GREAT QUALITY WHICH MADE A GREAT IMPRESSION ON ME.

I WILL HOLD HER AS A TREASURED MEMORY  FOREVER.

 



I am sure that Virginia is sitting with our Lord. I hope that everyone has unique and good memories of her. Mine is the annual Christmas gift we “East Coast Speckman’s” always received and as a group we opened on Christmas Eve because it was hand made, matching pajamas for all 9 of us. We always wore them to bed Christmas Eve and wore them Christmas morning to open gifts.
 Lovingly, Peter jr. 
 



A favorite remembrance definitely fits our wonderful and very special - Great Grand Matriarch — Ginny.
“We don’t cry because your gone; rather, we smile because you were here.” 
A smile would immediately come upon my face after a call, an email or remembering my last visit. Your Mom was as sharp as a tack, witty as the best humorist and a genuine friend. I still remember how fond my Dad was of your Mom.
Dugie, Joe, Harry, your Mom, and my wonderful Rita and Mac were of that revered Greatest Generation — very, very special parents.
Please know that your Mom and your family are all in our prayers, - after all how can you lose with “Big Ellie” and Jim’s North Carolina battalion in support.
Love to all and God Bless,
Peter McCarthy
Washington, DC
Monday, June 4, 2018 at 11:59 PM