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Bill Merritt Funeral Service

6201 Northwest 39th Expressway, Bethany, OK

OBITUARY

Virginia May Smith

July 28, 1935January 29, 2020
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Virginia May Smith, 84, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. She was born July 28, 1935 in Oklahoma City to Raymond and Edith (Valentine) Hicks. Virginia grew up in Oklahoma City and graduated from Putnam City Schools. Her first job was working in the office at Putnam City Schools, putting herself through college. She earned her Associates Degree in Elementary Education and worked as a second or third grade teacher at Putnam City until her retirement. Virginia was ornery, stubborn, and had a wonderful sense of humor. She had a true servant’s heart and always put other people’s needs and feelings ahead of her own. She never met a stranger. She enjoyed many hobbies including sewing, needlepoint, word searches, and watching crime documentaries. Virginia also had a love of panda bears and collecting glassware. She loved coffee, any and all chocolate, and scrambled eggs and tomato soup. The thing that she enjoyed most, however, was making “Nana Blankets” for each new baby in the family. Virginia, through her 30 years of teaching and her love for her family and friends, left a huge footprint in the lives of so many people and she will be forever missed. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bobby Jack Smith; son, Raymond Smith; and grandson, David Scott Smith. She is survived by her daughter, Carol Smith; son, Robert Smith; grandchildren, Desirae Smith and Deirik Smith; 3 great grandchildren, Erin, Ethan, and Emaree; as well as a host of adopted family and friends. A celebration of life will be held 3pm Friday, February 7, 2020 at Bill Merritt Funeral Service, Bethany.

Services

  • Memorial Service Friday, February 7, 2020

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Tamara Martinez

January 31, 2020

Nana Gin was always ready with a helping hand (or two), when you needed it! I remember a couple of ice storms when the rest of us (the whole bunch), lost power, heat and water! She had ALL of us come stay at her house, she even gave up her big bed and slept in a rocking recliner!! She helped whoever, whenever!!! Definitely God has brought his Angel home!!!

Vickie Bennett

January 31, 2020

I have a lifetime of memories with Nana Gin in them, as her daughter met my brother in high school, & we've been family ever since!
Gin lived in a world where neighborhood meant, not just an area of town, but an area where everyone knew everyone else, visited over back & side fences, & visited at the street. Her close-to-favorite thing was visiting - at the store, at the doctor, wherever she went. Her very favorite, of course, was her grandchildren!
Every Halloween, the first stop was to trick-or-treat Nana, & if we had babies too small to enjoy going out, they stayed to hand out candy with Nana.
An age of tradition has passed on with Nana Gin. We'll hold you in our hearts, Nanny! <3

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