Virginia M. Smith

  • Born: October 24, 1921
  • Died: February 11, 2014
  • Location: Alexandria, Virginia

Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home

1500 West Braddock Road
Alexandria, VA 22302
Tel. (703) 998-9200

Tribute & Message From The Family

Born in Leesburg, VA, she graduated Leesburg High School in 1939. She then graduated from school of Nursing, Winchester Memorial Hospital in 1942 and finished at the old Alexandria Hospital (Duke Street). After graduation, Virginia worked at the old Alexandria Hospital as staff RN and then was nursing supervisor.

Virginia married Kenneth W. Smith on February 2, 1945. She left nursing for a few years to raise their two children, Steuart W. Smith, born September 13, 1950 and Maureen (Renee) V. Cardone, born November 30, 1954.

She returned to nursing with the Alexandria City Public Schools as school nurse at Stonewall Jackson Elementary School in 1960, then moving on to the new T.C. Williams High School in 1965, staying there until 1974. She then went to James K. Polk Elementary until her retirement from nursing in 1990, after 50 years of dedicated service.

"Miz Virginia", as she loved to be called and as so many referred to her as, was always active in local politics and for 25 years served as clerk at several polling/voting locations but mostly at George Washington Middle School.

Miz Virginia was very active at her beloved church, Good Shepherd Lutheran, serving as Volunteer Coordinator for many years. Her "specialty" was Good Shepherd's/American Red Cross's Bi-Annual Blood Drive Coordinator. Virginia received three American Red Cross awards for consistent high volume donor turnout.

Virginia was a charter member of Alexandria Salvation Army, Post 64 from 1956 until her passing. She was also a loyal and dedicated member of Alexandria Hospital Board of Lady Managers. She always enjoyed attending their meetings and luncheons.

Miz Virginia thoroughly enjoyed dining out, especially her favorites: Chez Andre, Mango Mikes, Theismann's Restaurant, and Table Talk.

A big fan of all sports, Virginia rooted the loudest for the TC Williams Titans. She was the school nurse at TCW during the "Remember the Titans" era and she referred to so many of those players as her "adopted sons"! Her other favorites she faithfully watched and followed were the Washington Redskins, Washington Wizards, Nationals and Orioles and the WNBA Mystics. She followed local college basketball teams, both men's and women's.

These are just some of the facts of Virginia Smith's life - but there is so much more to Virginia. She was a beautiful person who touched so many lives, in so many ways. She had a smile that went from ear to ear and would light up a room. She had a shoulder you could cry on and a listening ear. And don't forget about her wit and terrific sense of humor!

Miz Virginia was an inspiration to many. She was a woman involved and dedicated to the City of Alexandria, her church, the Alexandria Hospital and her many relationships and friends that grew through the years. Her friendships were so important to her and her daily world. You were truly blessed to have Virginia Smith call you a friend. Virginia cherished and loved her family unconditionally, always putting family first.

Miz Virginia will be missed by all who knew her and by all who loved her.

We are all better people for having known her.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Sorry for you lost

Posted by Barbara Hines - woodbridge, VA - Worked with Renee@ acps   February 26, 2014



TCW/Class of "72"

Posted by Diann Quander-Walton - Springfield, VA   February 21, 2014


I had the pleasure of knowing Virginia for over 50 years. She and I were both members of the Salvation Army Auxillary and the Board of Lady Managers of Inova Alexandria Hospital. We attended functions together over the years, but we had the most fun just being together and we so enjoyed our evenings out at Chez Andre. Theismann's, and being chaperones for the the Class of 1973 reunions and get together's. I always told Virginia we were the true antiques of Alexandria. I will miss her so much, but know that she is in a better place with her beloved Ken and that we will meet again. To Renee and Stuart you have been always there for your Mom and I know how much she loved you both. She will live on through you both and in our memories forever. She was an Alexandria icon and I am proud to have known her and called her my friend!

Posted by Marjorie Harris - Alexandria, VA - Dear Friend   February 21, 2014

Renee and Stu,

Your mother was such a beautiful person. Her smile and kindness just filled the room whenever she enter. She will be deeply missed but never forgotten. My prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Jessica Fudge - Alexandria, VA - Friend from Chez Andree   February 21, 2014

Renee & Stu, I never had the chance to meet your mom, but I know how wonderful she was. I am grateful that she took my son Bruce under her wing when he first moved to D/C. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her but her treasured memories will live on. Hugs and Prayers

Posted by Jean Purdy - Toledo, OH   February 21, 2014

Renee and Stu,

Your Mom was the most compassionate nurse and we all loved her at TC and the years beyond high school. Her loving smile, kindness, and friendship to all of us will live eternally in our memories. You are both in our thoughts and prayers.

Rest in Peace, Nurse Smith!

Posted by TC Williams Class of 1973 - Everywhere USA & Abroad   February 20, 2014


Renee and Stu,

Our hearts are broken. Oh how we will miss your Mom. Fondly remembering all the happy times times spent together of the past 40+ years with the Smith Family. It seems even now that we know she is no longer in pain and is resting in peace we cannot image never seeing that smile and hearing that voice. We are finding solace in knowing that we will again meet one day.
We are so sorry we cannot be with you all, but know that we are standing beside you in spirit. We love you both.

REST IN PEACE, Mrs. Virginia Smith!

Posted by Vicki Warren & Jim Brigman - Dunwoody, GA - Adopted Daughter and Friend   February 20, 2014

Although I was very new to this family, I truly felt the love from all. Miz Virginia was such a sweet woman and she will be missed!

Posted by Lisa Blackwell - Alexandria, VA - Friend   February 20, 2014

Virginia I will never forget your kindness and smile. I will always remember how your wore your hair never out of place. Such a kind and caring lady. T

Posted by Felton Gilliam - Alexandria, VA - Friend   February 20, 2014


Mrs. Smith always had a smile and a cheerful "Hello" each time I saw her. She was sharp as a tack and very caring. I loved her as my second mother.

Posted by Tom Lewis - Seminole, FL - "Adopted son"   February 19, 2014


May you rest in peace Miz Virginia. I will never forget your kindness or your forever smile. The Thompson clan loves you and will miss you.

Posted by Karen Kloss Thompson - Georgetown, TX - Friend   February 19, 2014

It's been a long time but I'm sure I'll see you again. What the caterpillar perceives as the end, to the butterfly is just the beginning. I'm sure you will spread your wings in Heaven as you did on earth. RIP.

Posted by Denise Barker - St Petersburg, FL - friend   February 19, 2014

Truly a remarkable woman, we will miss you!!!

Posted by chris thompsom    February 19, 2014


Virginia, was such a special person, one of the first people I met at church. She would always tell me to say hello to my mom from "your church mom". We shared so many good memories in the last 13 years. I miss her terribly, but am so happy she is at peace. But knowing Virginia, she has already started recruiting volunteers in Heaven.

I am honored and blessed to count her as family and friend. I love you mom.

Posted by Bruce Purdy - Alexandria, VA   February 19, 2014


I will always remember those days in the nurse's office with Miz Smith. She was always there for me, when others would not! She was one of my biggest supporter during my Breast Cancer. You will be missed my dear sweetie lady .

Posted by De Bora Craven - Fort Washington, MD - Student and my Second Mom   February 19, 2014

Mrs. Smith was a wonderful friend and an inspiration to all future nurses. What a role model!! A true angel on earth and now above.

Posted by Kathy Brinton Walling TCW class of 71    February 18, 2014

My prayers are with the family. A wonderful lady, RIP

Posted by Terri Cox - Mechanicsville, VA   February 18, 2014

It was my privilege to work with Mrs. Smith at TCW during 1970-73. Our prayers are with the family as they grieve their loss.

Posted by Arnold Oates - Tyler, TX - Friend and colleague at TCW   February 18, 2014

What a wonderful human being. Many fond memories. Thank you. Nurse Smith. TCW '73

Posted by John F. Tucker - Derwood, MD - Student   February 18, 2014


I send my sincere condolences to Renee & Stu. Your mom was the absolute best - truly one of a kind! She welcomed everyone with open arms and no one was a stranger to her. She always wore that beautiful smile, made everyone feel at home and loved. She touched SO many on earth, God wanted her to do her "magic" in Heaven. She leaves a legacy that can't be matched! Rest in peace...until we meet again!

Posted by Patti Taylor Henson - Alexandria, VA - life-long friend   February 18, 2014

Virginia was one of the original members of the Alexandria Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary, she has contributed so much to our organization and she will be missed.
A life well lived.

Posted by Joan Haley - Alexandria, VA - Salvation Army Women Auxiliary   February 18, 2014


The end of an era comes too soon; she walks with us in a different way now.

I don't remember meeting Virginia, meaning I don't remember a time at Good Shepherd Lutheran without Virginia. I was one of her many adopted children - her table at the church's mother-daughter banquet was always brimming with women who were Alexandria transplants.

She held court in a friendly way in so many places and so many tables - her pew and events at church, at Theismann's and Chez Andree, after Salon, at INOVA Board of Lady Managers' luncheons, at the GSLC blood drive.

She loved to laugh and socialize, toast and celebrate. She always wanted to have fun and work hard, never wanted to dwell on the aches and pains or disappointments of advancing years. She had a tarty sense of humor up to the end. We should all live this way.

God broke the mold after he made you, Virginia, I miss you so much.

Posted by Corinne Berkseth Baker - Alexandria, VA - Adopted daughter   February 17, 2014

Virginia's friendship has been a source of love, caring, joy and pride for more than 35 years. As much as we will miss her, I know she and Ken are once again together. May she rest in peace.

Posted by Elaine Haase - Alexandria, VA - Friend   February 17, 2014

To the Family;
Nurse Smith was the most compassionate nurse I have ever crossed paths with.Her humble spirit touched every student, as well as staff member that had the need to visit her office. She has definitely earned her wings, and I only hope that we will one day meet again. May you RIP to the best nurse that ever walked "GODS" green earth.

Posted by Diann Quander-Walton - Springfield, VA - TCW - Class of 1972   February 17, 2014

She touched so many and helped everyone. One of the best. Always a large smile and warm heart

Posted by Bob & Caryn Luckett    February 16, 2014

"God saw she was getting tired,
And a cure was not to be,
So He puts His arms around her
and whispered, "Come with Me"..........
He only takes the best.
My heart and thoughts are with you,

Posted by Sandra Corker Markham - Manassas, VA - Friend   February 16, 2014

Stuart and Renee, we are so sorry for your loss. Your mom was one of the best of Alexandria. Any person who went to T C was touched and cared for by her for so many years. Truly one of a kind. Know there are many who are thinking of you at this difficult time.

Posted by Bob & Caryn Luckett - Selbyville, DE   February 16, 2014


Stuart and Renee,
You are our thoughts and prayers. We are with you in spirit and only a phone call away.

Posted by Vicki and Jim - Dunwoody, GA   February 16, 2014

Our hearts are broken. Rest In Peace, Nurse Smith.

Posted by The TC Williams Class of 1973 - Everywhere USA & Abroad   February 16, 2014

Heartfelt sympathy

Posted by Carroll - Alexandria, VA - Friend and fellow ARPFSA member   February 14, 2014

Virginia Smith cared for each person she met. She connected with students at a level beyond what you would expect from a school nurse in the 1970's. She was professional and kind. She never had a harsh word or made a negative judgment about anyone. And while kids in the 1970's were a tough pill to swallow, in many ways and for many people, Nurse Smith always saw the positive. You could look into her eyes and see that she was and would always be a great friend. And she has been.

Posted by Robin Snell - Manassas, VA   February 14, 2014

Our thoughts go out to the Smith family. Virginia lived a long and fruitful life. She was a pillar in the Alexandria community and will be missed by all.


Ron & Lenora Uhrig
Bolivia, NC

Posted by Ron Uhrig    February 13, 2014


Posted by max abraham - dunnellon, FL   February 13, 2014