OTTUMWA — Virginia Lee (Hazen) Ris, 85, formerly of Ottumwa, passed away Oct. 8, 2013.
She was born in Ottumwa to Glenn and Virginia (Hatch) Hazen. Ginni, as she was known by all, graduated from Ottumwa High School and then attended the University of Iowa, earning a degree in English. She married fellow Hawkeye and Olympic gold medalist Walter Ris in 1950 and resided in Iowa City before moving to Alameda, Calif., in 1960. Subsequent moves took Ginni, Wally and their family to Canoga Park and later to Mission Viejo.
Ginni was a 60-year member of PEO and remained active with the national chapter of her college sorority, Gamma Phi Beta. She enjoyed a long career in property management, and her hobbies included ballroom dancing, gardening and traveling.
Ginni is survived by her brother, Dr. John Hazen of Monarch Beach, Calif.; and her four children, Greg, Jeff, Julie and John; and her three grandchildren, Derek, Tyler and Valentina.