Virginia Lee “Ginny” Smith, 76, of Pleasant Hill, was born, October 2, 1940, in Kansas City, the daughter of Bertard E. and Esther V. (Lehner) Smith. She departed this life, Sunday, March 26, 2017, at her daughter’s home surrounded with love and family.
Ginny was a 1958 Lee’s Summit High School graduate. She graduated from the Central Missouri State University in 1962; later furthering her education by attending the Southern Baptist University in Bolivar.
On August 5, 1962, she was united in marriage to David M. Smith in Independence. Together they started Dave Smith the Lampmaker. They later divorced.
Ginny or “Mrs. V” to all of her students was employed as an Elementary School teacher at Redbridge, Center School District, Lee’s Summit Schools, and the Pleasant Hill School District; she retired in 2004 but remained actively involved with education working with homebound students. She enjoyed decorating cakes, traveling, sewing, crocheting and was an avid reader, but most enjoyed spending time with family.
Ginny was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Marilyn Hall.
She is survived by four children, Tawnya (and Jon) Parris of Pleasant Hill, Dana Marie Thornton of South Kansas City; Carrie (and Walter) Curtis of Collins; and Randy (and Angie) Smith of Pleasant Hill; 8 grandchildren, Jake Parris of Pleasant Hill, Nikki Parris-Cox of Kingsville, Cody Parris of Pleasant Hill, Ginny Mae Thate of Blue Springs, Alex D. Taylor-Thornton of Kansas City, MO, Kristine Curtis of Collins, Adam Curtis of Collins, and Tristan Smith of Pleasant Hill; 5 great grandchildren, Hunter, Kade, Alexis, Gunner, and Tanner along with other relatives and many friends.
Visitation was held from Sunday, April 2, 2017, at the funeral home.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 3, 2017, at the funeral home. Reverend D. Kent Deubner officiated. Interment was in the Floral Hills Cemetery, Kansas City. Casket bearers were Cyrus Cox, Adam Curtis, Cody Parris, Jake Parris, Jon Parris, and Alex Thornton.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Pleasant Hill Education Foundation in honor of Ms. V. Smith and may be sent in care of the funeral home.