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 (https://www.fumch.org/
Published by Orlando Sentinel from Jan. 18 to Jan. 19, 2021.