Virginia Ellen (Cooley) Smith (1932 - 2017)

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Virginia Ellen Cooley Smith, 84, died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.
She was born Feb. 18, 1932, on a farm in Hillsdale, Mich., to Carl and Florence Cooley. Virginia was preceded in death by her husband, James Darrell Smith of Dunnellon, her parents Carl and Florence Cooley of Holiday, Fla., and two brothers, Carl Willard Jr. of Dade City, Fla., and Wayne Sherman of Jonesville, Mich.
She is survived by her children, James Archie (Helen) Smith, Sandra Ellen Smith, Virginia Renee (David) Stephens, all from Dunnellon, and Darrell Kent (Kelly) Smith of Gulf Hammock, Fla.; nine grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren, with two more great-grandchildren on the way. She is also survived by her brothers, Kenneth (Ann) Cooley of New Port Richey, Fla., and Gerald (Barbara) Cooley of Rising Fawn, Ga., and a sister, Donna Phillips of Williston and array of nieces and nephews who she cherished dearly.
Virginia made her home on the family farm in Dunnellon with Darrell and their children for the past 65 years. The love of Jesus Christ was evident in her journey as being a member of First Baptist Church Dunnellon for her lifetime as well as getting married in the original church in 1952.
Her love of farming, cooking, gardening, sewing, quilting, painting, story telling and traveling, she was never bored in life. She loved her hometown, Rainbow Springs and collecting historic artifacts and stories from the past were things that made her happy to call Dunnellon home.
When she moved to Dunnellon in 1947 with her parents, they opened "Cooley's Sandwich Shop," which became the local hangout for everybody.
Later on in life her and Darrell opened "Smith's BBQ" drive-in and continued the local hometown tradition. Once she wrote a poem about her yellow kitchen table that told stories about how life was lived around it and with people that sat there. Although she is not here to sit at that yellow table we have memories, stories, pictures and tales to keep her legacy alive each and every day.
A "Gathering of Family and Friends" will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 30, 2017, at the home of David and Renee Stephens, just like her yellow table all are welcome to join us.
Published in Riverland News on Dec. 7, 2017
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