Virginia Mae Smith was born May 19, 1930 at Maternity Hospital in Minneapolis, to Henry and Mabel (Walberg) Strelow. She grew up in the Greely and Stanchfield areas. Virginia married Harold Smith and they were blessed with five children, Dennis, Wallace, Linda, Perry and David. They raised their family on a dairy farm east of Milaca. In 1990 Virginia moved to Braham where she made her home until she needed more health care and moved into the nursing home several years ago. In her younger years she loved riding horses and she also had a large garden. Her faith was very important to her throughout her life.
Virginia is survived by four children, Dennis Smith of Granite Falls, Linda (Frank) Belanger of Ogilvie, Perry (Brenda) Smith of Brook Park, and David (Leanne) Smith of Milaca; three siblings, George Strelow of Brecksville, Ohio, Lucille Rodin of Minneapolis, and Wilbert (Charlotte) Strelow of Cambridge; 5 grandchildren, Jeremey, Valoree, Jaclyn, Justin and Aaron,; 7 great-grandchildren, Andrew, Evan, Spencer, Jonas, Joshua, Jesse and Kyla; and by other relatives and friends. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by one son, Wallace, and one brother, Kenneth.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, August 12, 2011 at Stanchfield Baptist Church with Pastor Dale Cope officiating. A time for visiting will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Musicians will be Glenda Rittenour, Alaina Hollenkamp and Harmony Dunnick. Interment will be in Royalton Memorial Cemetery. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home – Cambridge Chapel.