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Pauline "Virginia" Smith

Pauline “Virginia” Smith, 96, ended her long struggle with dementia early Sunday morning, January 16, 2022, just 8 days short of her 97th birthday. She had been a resident at Allegan Medical Care Community since her stroke in March, 2019.

Virginia was born on January 24, 1925 in Clyde Township to Dorothy & Elisha Ampey. Virginia grew up near Gobles with her parents and two brothers, Jasper “Bud” and Norman, all of whom have preceded her in death. In 1950 she married Dale W. Smith, who also preceded her in death in 2013.
Virginia and Dale were active members of the Allegan Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Virginia was a woman whose faith was very important to her. Her kind, gentle, and positive spirit made her a joy to be around, as noted by all who knew her.
Virginia had a green thumb with plants and loved to nurture them. She always had a wide variety of plants and flowers in and around her home. It brought her great pleasure to watch them grown. Virginia also loved to knit and crochet and made many beautiful gifts for others over the years. Her love for the craft was passed on to her daughter, Beverly (Ron) Gibson, who survives.
Virginia is also survived by 4 sister-in-laws: Goldean Tate, Julia Ampey, Riva Ampey, Marion Smith, and many nieces and nephews.
Special thanks to all the compassionate and caring staff at Allegan Medical Care Community who cared for mom. You truly make a difference and are appreciated more than words can say.
According to her wishes, cremation has taken place. A Zoom Memorial Service is being planned for Saturday, February 19th, 2022 at 2pm. See the Zoom information below. Friends are invited to share a memory of Virginia and sign the guest book on the memory page at www.amsfuneralhomes.com.

Zoom Information:

Meeting ID: 854 8986 6314

Password: ps8318


Phone number to call in on Zoom is: 312-626-6799

Passcode: 416099


Zoom will be open at 1:45pm on Saturday, February 19th

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Ms. Smith I just learned of your passing. 1968 was so long ago. Despite your predictions I got my sh** together and actually got 3 degrees, VCU, Dartmouth, and University of Chicago. My children cherish my stories of my days in Chemistry and I cherish the memories. I have made a 10,000 dollar contribution in your memory to the American Education fund for scholarships to be provided to needy students who write an essay on their need and their ideal teacher. Thank you for your many years of pushing, directing, and threatening 🥰 us to succeed. Rest my lady, you earned an eternity I grace.

tms May 16 2022 7:21 PM

Virginia was such a positive influence in my life. She always focused on the beauty of life. I loved her sense of humor, the stories she told of her childhood, her love for needlework and flowers. I miss her.

CONNIE SPREITZER Feb 19 2022 2:24 PM

She was so loving and kind and we will miss her soooooooo much 😍 💞 .

James and Coreen Resseguie Jan 21 2022 11:10 AM

Virginia was always so loving and kind to us and we will miss her soooooooo much 😍

James and Coreen Resseguie Jan 21 2022 11:07 AM