This Dr. Pepper enthusiast was born in Pansey, Alabama and raised in Dothan. She and her husband Dan met in a “Sweet Shop” in Fort Rucker. Although both were engaged to other persons at the time, it soon became apparent that they were “sweet” on each other. They married, had one child, and in 1964 moved to Buffalo where the couple welcomed two more girls and a boy into their family.
Ensuing years saw Ginny stepping up to fill the role of “super mom.” Teacher, nurse, chauffeur, counselor, she drove to games, organized innumerable activities, and mended broken hearts. She and a friend even founded a girls’ softball league (still active in Buffalo today) for female athletes ages 8 to 16. This neighborhood “Cool Aid Mom,” was always on the go.
Once activities for her own children slowed, an unexpected opportunity arose in the Erie County Association for Retarded Children. In this special group home for teens, she came to appreciate the unique qualities found in those often misunderstood and rejected by society. Supported by an understanding husband, Ginny was able to invite disadvantaged teens into her home and provide opportunities they might otherwise not have had.
Ten years later another program, the Supported Apartment for Challenged Adults, expanded her outreach to include older clients. Again, she was able to travel with those under her care and expose them to life skills such as buying a car, opening a bank account, and maintaining a job in the community.
After twenty years, Ginny began to think of retirement. It was no secret that that she hated cold weather, so after some compromising and careful planning, she and Dan headed south to Florida. Once freed from the COLD climes of Buffalo, there was no holding Ginny down!
She threw herself wholeheartedly into the many activities available in her new community and for the next eight years she found herself both as vice president, and later president, of the Bocce Team. Always eager for a “good time” she fit seamlessly into the activities of the Good Times Club where she served on the entertainment committee, and later as vice president. Today, in between acts, Ginny reads, plays cards, and runs a “taxi service” for neighbors who need transportation to the store or appointments.
The experiences that most define Ginny Hiam occurred long before Beacon Woods came into the picture. But she brings to our community a team spirit, compassion, and selflessness that have followed her through life. Her presence enriches us.