Virginia "Ginny" Bethel Smrtic
February 16, 1946 – March 20, 2020
Virginia C. Smrtic (Bethel), 74, Lansing, Kansas passed away peacefully on March 20, 2020 at her home with her husband at her side. Virginia (Ginny) fought a courageous battle with COPD for many years.
Ginny was born February 16, 1946 the oldest of three daughters born to John E. and Josephine H. Bethel. Ginny graduated from Shawnee Mission North in the Class of 1964 and then went on to attend Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She lived in Tennessee and Georgia for some years, eventually moving back to her home in the Kansas City area.
Until her illness, Ginny was a faithful member of the Merriam Christian Church where she served on committees and taught classes in the Senior Bible Study program for years. Ginny was a faithful servant of God and relied heavily on her faith and the love of her family during the difficult times.
Ginny was preceded in death by her mother and father and her former husband and father of her children Paul M. King.
Ginny is survived by her husband, Lt. Colonel (Retired) Jon T. Smrtic of Lansing, Kansas, her two sisters of Shawnee, Kansas, Kathi Wilson (George) and Francie Bethel, her son John Bethel King of Pasadena, California, her daughter Shelley King Ingram (Tommy) of Athens, Georgia, and sons Paul M. King Jr. (Kellee) of Atlanta, Georgia, Steven King of Suches, Georgia, Richard King of North Augusta, South Carolina, as well as twelve grandchildren, six great grandchildren, two nieces, two nephews, four great nieces, and six great nephews.
Ginny was a fun, loving, caring, woman who loved to laugh, sing and enjoy life. She also loved traveling and spending time with her family. Those who knew Ginny loved her and she will be greatly missed as a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt, and friend.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ginny's memory may be made to support the battle against COPD (www.ChestFoundation.org) and to support Merriam Christian Church (www.MerriamCC.org)
There will be a private funeral service at Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home with burial at Shawnee Mission Memorial Gardens on April 3, 2020 with a memorial service at a later date.
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