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Celebrating the life of

Grace W. Bockes

April 20, 1928 - March 19, 2023

Grace W. Bockes

Grace Willamina Bockes was born April 20, 1928, in Syracuse, NY and passed away at her home in Savannah, GA on Sunday, March 19, 2023.  Her parents were Robert Ray Selleck and Ethel Maloney Selleck.  She graduated from East Syracuse High School.

After dating for eight years, she was married to her high school sweetheart, Olin Duane Bockes, on May 30, 1951.  Four months after they were married, they moved to Virginia where they had a son, David.  Immediately afterwards they moved to Missoula, MT where they bore a daughter, Diane, and another son, Richard.  In the fall of 1958, they moved back to northern Virginia for her husband’s job with the US Department of Agriculture.  In 1971 they left Woodbridge after purchasing a tree farm in Manassas and built a home from a two-story log cabin. Grace and Olin remained there until moving to Savannah, GA in January of 2011.  For the past 12 years they have lived with their daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Byron Boyd.

Grace served actively in the Methodist Church and various civic and volunteer organizations throughout her life.  She spent significant time as a leader of the Federation of Women’s Club and working with both ACTS and Salvation Army in Prince William County, VA.  Her hobbies included making ceramics and painting.  She also enjoyed traveling with her family and visited most of the United States.

Olin Bockes, her husband of 72 years, survives her along with three children: David Bockes of Wytheville, VA, Richard (Rick) Bockes of Woodbridge, VA, and Diane Boyd of Savannah, GA.  Grace is also survived by five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and many friends.

Wesley Monumental Methodist Church will hold visitation in the fellowship hall from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, March 24, 2023.  The funeral service will be held immediately afterwards in the church sanctuary.



A candle has been lit!

Mrs Grace always had a smile on her face. We will miss you. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

- Bosque Dental Care, savannah, ga

Enjoyed or time at pool class and lunches after. God bless. Tricia

- Woodward, Savannah, Ga

A candle has been lit!

My thoughts are with you all.

- Beth Cornell, Savannah, GA

Diane, My deepest condolences to you and your family. Peace, Prayers and Blessings

- JoAnn Rusden, Savannah , GA

Diane, I am so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. I used to love to see her and Olin come to the pool at Candler. She always looked very pretty but especially on the days she was playing bridge. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers.

- Lynne Rainey , Savannah, Georgia

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel