Virginia Hubbard Smith, passed Saturday, April 27, 2013, at her home in Kirkwood, Mo., attended by her dear husband and children. 

She was born Nov. 4, 1923, on her grandparents, Frank and Eliza Hubbard’s, farm on Indian Creek in Texas County, Mo. She was the first child of Ransom and Nellie Hubbard of Houston, Mo.

Virginia grew up on a farm in the Houston area and returned frequently to visit family and help with gardening. The farm was her favorite place to vacation. She graduated from Houston High School in 1941. She always looked forward to attending the annual high school reunion and seeing her ’41 group.

In the early years after graduation, she enjoyed working as a secretary at the Capitol in Jefferson City and in the Agriculture department at MU. She joined the Beta Sigma Phi service sorority and spent time volunteering at the USO during WWII. She became reacquainted with a young man from Houston, when the handsome pilot was home on leave. She and Herbert Ernest (Smitty) Smith began corresponding and in 1947, when he finished his time in the service, they were married. They spent most of their 65+ years of marriage in the Kirkwood area raising their four children.

Virginia was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother. She was a good neighbor, always willing to help someone. Known for her sweet smile and gentle ways, she was joyful and positive, and focused on finding beauty in the simple things. She had a passion for family and friends, and enjoyed flowers, gardening, collecting antiques and canning vegetables, especially sweet pickles. Virginia was active in her church and served as treasurer for her Women’s Group and Christian Builders Sunday School class. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John Hubbard; and daughter, Christine Smith.

She is survived by her husband, Herbert Ernest Smith; children, Steve (Rose) Smith, Becky (Smith) (Jim) Dale and Sylvia Smith; grandchildren, Michael (Ceci) Santos, Herbert Smith, Amanda and Jeremy Marling; great-grandchildren, Marco and Mia Santos; sisters, Helen Huss (Hubbard) and Roma Hollenbeck (Hubbard); brother, Ransom Bruce Hubbard; and many nieces and nephews.

Virginia will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Visitation was Tuesday, April 30, at Bopp Chapel in Kirkwood. Services were Wednesday, May 1, at Webster Groves Christian Church, Glendale, Mo. Internment and graveside service are noon Thursday, May 2, in Pine Lawn Cemetery in Houston, Mo., with Dr. Howell Burkhead officiating.

Memorials preferred to Webster Groves Christian Church.


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