Virginia Dare Murray-Smith

Virginia Dare Murray-Smith born June 27, 1932, in a train box car. She was born in Cleveland, Texas, where Dr. Leggett delivered her at home. Her birth certificate says she is legitimate. Whew! She entered into glory on Feb. 28, 2021, a resident at Burford Manor Nursing Home. A celebration to honor Virginia and A Life Well Lived will be Saturday, April 10 at Central Church starting at 1 p.m.
Virginia moved to Davis to live with her family in August of 2019. She was surrounded by gifted caregivers, an inclusive community and church and heartwarming people who welcomed her home. She enjoyed fishing, nature and the outdoors, natural beauty, watching deer, drives through the park, strawberry ice cream, birding, treasure hunting, quilting, ceramics, woodworking, stained glass, cooking, baking, being loved and valued, children and friendships.
Her career expressed how she valued continued education and her sense of adventure. She started in foodservice. First as a waitress, then behind the line serving meals, Registered Dietician, Food and Beverage Director at Hilton Hotels, Administrator of Deerings Nursing Home and even driving an eighteen-wheeler coast to coast. Not as a team driver but driving one of two family owned and operated trucks.
Her parents Nathan and Ada (Kelley) Murray, her husband, Carl Thomas Smith, and her son, Stephen Douglas Smith, preceded her in death.
She is survived by her eldest and favorite child, Jerry Wayne Smith; her daughter and son-in-love, Sissie and Joe Lucas; her daughter-in-love, Dana Marie Smith; granddaughters, Kristy Marie Smith and Kaleigh Marie Smith, Brandon Smith-Baer; grandson, John Christopher Smith; great-granddaughter Rylee Faith Smith; great-grandsons Bryson and Beckett Baer, and Rian and Jaxson Smith. Virginia’s sister, Lavone Lilley, three nephews, Clint, Kevin, and Craig Lilley. Her best friend, Shirley, and brother from another mother, Mike Lauderdale, she treasured and considered them family.
Virginia’s legacy is be a river of love not a reservoir.
In lieu of flowers donations to Central Church Building fund.

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