Virginia Smith

July 7, 1928-Jan. 1, 2014

HENDRICKS – Services for Virginia “Ginny” Smith, 85, of Hendricks, will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Christ Lutheran Church in Hendricks. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Hendricks Hospital Chapel with a prayer service at 7 pm. Visitation will continue on Tuesday one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Hendricks City Cemetery. Arrangements are with Birk Funeral Home of Hendricks. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: The Lutheran Campus Ministry, 325 Mills St., Madison, WI 53715 or to The Hendricks Community Foundation, PO Box 86, Hendricks, MN 56136.

She died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, at the Hendricks Community Hospital.

Ginny was born July 7, 1928, in Wentworth, S.D., to Oliver and Thelma (Tvedt) Thompson. She attended public schools in Draper, S.D., and Hendricks, graduating in 1946. She attended Augsburg College and South Dakota State University. Ginny and Russ were high school sweethearts and married at First Lutheran Church, Hendricks, on Aug. 22, 1948, beginning a life-long adventure together. What partners and friends! What a partnership! Flexibility and adaptability were traits Ginny possessed since she made more than 30 moves to different homes in Ohio, South Dakota, Texas and Minnesota. Travel was an important part of work life and retirement with travel to 49 states, including 12 visits to Hawaii, and several countries in Europe. While living in Rockport, Texas, Ginny was a member of the Rockport Country Club and a very good golfer, a volunteer at the Castaways organization, The Good Samaritans Society, The Humane Society, and an Ombudsman at the Oakcrest Nursing Home.

Ginny will be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who was proud of her family, her Norwegian ancestry and her South Dakota West River roots.

Ginny is survived by Russel Smith, Hendricks, her husband of 65 years; five children, Rebecca Christianson (Brent), Madison, Wis., Kathleen Aydin, Hendricks, Brian (Tia), Lakeville, David (Nancy), Rapid City, S.D., and Noel (Heather), Sparkill, N.Y.; grandchildren Sasha (Ryan) Reese, Jordan (Nipa) Smith, Johanna Whiting, Leah Christianson, Elisabeth Christianson, Kyle Smith and Senja Smith; great grandsons Silas Whiting and Owen Reese; brothers Warren (Darla) Thompson, Orland (Sharon) Thompson and Tom (Wanda) Thompson; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents Oliver and Thelma Thompson and son-in-law Fevzi Aydin.