Virginia Smith, 91, mother of area residents

Virginia Anna Smith, 91, of rural Chatfield, died peacefully Thursday, May 30, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

Virginia was born Jan. 13, 1928, in Waseca, Minn., to John and Augusta (Weigelt) Schmidt. On Nov. 19, 1944, she married Gerald Smith.  The couple made their home in rural Chatfield, where Virginia loved gardening, canning, and her horses. She also enjoyed sewing and painting.

She is survived by her five children, Jimmy and Danny Smith, both of Fillmore; Ruth (Wes) Ferris of Everett, Washington; Linda (Allen) Comstock of Wykoff and Sherry (Kevin) Horsman of Utica; 18 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

Virginia is preceded in death by husband Gerald, two sons, Dennis and Curtis; a granddaughter and grandson, and 14 brothers and sisters.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 29, at Fillmore Free Methodist Church, in Fillmore, with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. The Rev. Tim Ward will officiate.

Riley Funeral Home in Chatfield is assisting the family.