Virginia Smith "Ginger" Vaughn
Virginia Smith Vaughn "Ginger" passed away peacefully on January 11, 2021. She was born March 8, 1940 in Thomasville, Georgia to Josh and Inez (Sasser) Smith.

Known as a southern spitfire, she grew up in South Georgia. Her family moved to Pelham, Georgia where she attended Pelham High School. With five dollars in her hand, she left her hometown to attend Georgia Southern and earned a two-year degree. She eventually moved to Orlando where she met and married Pat. Her lifetime dream of becoming a mother was realized with Mark, and then Andrea. The light of her life was her granddaughter Lena.

As a homemaker, she spent most of her time volunteering at OCPS in her children's schools, from reading to collecting items for fundraisers. She enjoyed traveling internationally, playing golf and spending time at the beach.

She was a long-time member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, Orlando, and a devoted volunteer, counting the offering every Monday for decades.

She is survived by her daughter Andrea, granddaughter Lena, brothers Charles (Kathy) Smith and Pete Smith, nieces Stephanie Smith and Melia Van Kirk, nephews Brett (Lisa) Smith, Tyler Van Kirk, Keli'i Van Kirk and Jeff Smith.

She is preceded in death by her father Josh, mother Inez, husband Pat, son Mark and nephew Scott.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Florida United Methodist Children's Home, Enterprise, Florida (
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Andrea I was so shocked to read of gingers passing in the paper.we always had fun playing golf and getting together at many Disney events. I would love. Phone call from you to get filled in and explain how much I loved her. This is my cell 321 436 4643 I wish I could help you. I loved your mom. I´m still in shock. Love to you both. Rollie
Rollie Allen
February 8, 2021
I was sad to hear about Ginger´s passing. She was a lovely person and would always greet me and chat awhile whenever we met. Prayers for Andrea and Lena.
Linda B
February 8, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of Ginger's passing. She was such a wonderful, gracious person that really loved her church. I enjoyed being on her offering count team for 12+ years. Blessings to her family and friends. With much love.
Tom Brownlee
January 19, 2021
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