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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.
Meeting ID: 854 8986 6314
Phone number to call in on Zoom is: 312-626-6799
Zoom will be open at 1:45pm on Saturday, February 19th
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