Aug. 25, 1931-March 8, 2014
Virginia Lee Smith of Kansas City died March 8, 2014 at Kansas City Hospice House.
Mrs. Smith was born in Lee’s Summit on Aug. 25, 1931, the daughter of Ralph and Hesper Inman.
She graduated from Lee’s Summit High School, and earned BA and MA degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she studied piano and organ on scholarships.
Mrs. Smith taught elementary school in Independence, Kansas City and Grandview for a total of 28 years. Upon retirement from teaching, Mrs. Smith also worked as an accompanist at Center High School and Barstow School for five years.
Music was a major part of her life. She was a church organist for 66 years, beginning at age 14 at Lee’s Summit Christian Church. Upon graduation from college, she became organist at Linwood Presbyterian Church in Kansas City. In 1966 joined what was then Broadway United Methodist Church in Kansas City, now Keystone United Methodist Church, where she played for 46 years until her retirement in 2012.
Mrs. Smith was a member of Keystone United Methodist Church, American Guild of Organists, Missouri State Teachers Association, Missouri Retired Teachers Association, and was an honorary life member of the Missouri Parent Teachers Association, and a college member of Mu Phi Epsilon.
Mrs. Smith married Marion L. Smith on Feb. 20, 1959. They had 49 and one half wonderful years together. They enjoyed long car trips, driving as far as Nova Scotia and the west coast. Mrs. Smith loved reading, especially science and history, as well as music, genealogical research and needlework.
Mrs. Smith is survived by Thomas C. Smith (son) and Leslie Oursler of Overland Park, Kan. and David L. Smith (son), his wife Patricia, and granddaughters Catherine, Emily and Megan Smith of Lawrence, Kan.
Burial will be at 11:30 a.m. March 15 in Lee’s Summit cemetery, followed by the visitation at 1 p.m. and a celebration of life service at 2 p.m. at Keystone United Methodist church, 74th Street and Wornall Road in Kansas City.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Keystone United Methodist Church.
(Arrangements by: Langsford Funeral Home, 113 SW 3rd St, Lee’s Summit, Mo 64063 816-524-3700)