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.
Ivy Hill Cemetery
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February 19, 2014
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
February 20, 2014
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Everly Wheatley Funeral Home
1500 W. Braddock Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22302
February 21, 2014
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
100 W. Luray Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
Ivy Hill Cemetery
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Sorry for you lostPosted by: Barbara Hines - woodbridge, VA - Worked with Renee@ acps Feb 26, 2014
RIP NURSE SMITH
TCW/Class of "72"
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
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 Feb 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.
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 PrayersPosted by: Jean Purdy - Toledo, OH Feb 21, 2014
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