Virginia Frances Utt Smith, 94 years and 8 months, of Parkersburg, and formerly of Sandyville, W.Va., passed away at her home on March 6, 2013.
"Ginny" was born July 21, 1918, at Big Lick, Jackson County, Sandyville, W.Va., a daughter of the late Henry Lloyd Utt and Catherine Ann Brooks Utt.
Ginny was an avid bowler for over 50 years, thanks to her husband, Patrick Aquino, who introduced her to bowling. She bowled in many leagues and traveled with bowling tournaments and won many trophies. She bowled until she was 90 years old. She loved working in her flowers, yard and garden. She was very crafty and loved piecing quilts. She pieced 3 quilts a year for the last 10 years. She was a very adventuresome and curious person. She was willing to try anything "one time".
Ginny and her brother, Brooks, hunted wild turkey, "especially Spring Season" and deer on his farm. They used a four wheeler to travel to their hunting stands. Ginny was 89 years old and Brooks was 98 when they slowed down on hunting.
Ginny owned and operated "The Y Restaurant" for 10 years. This was a popular "hang out" for teens. She loved cooking and was known for her delicious fruit and cream pies. She was honored to bake cream pies for Governor Arch Moore by request. She loved preparing large family dinners and baking her hot yeast rolls. She loved her dogs, especially Dutchess, Toodles, Brutus, Sophie, and Evie. She owned and was the operator of a dog grooming business. Ginny was an Eastern Star member for which she received her 50 year pin.
Ginny loved to play cards. Her good friends would gather at her house for food and a few games of cards twice weekly. Her special players were her nephew, Raymond Bennett, Barb Wigal, Donna Keith, Pat Zickefoose, Sally, Nancy and Ruth Toney. It is with great sorrow, the players, friends, and family say goodbye for now. A heartfelt "thanks" goes to Barb Wigal and Ruth Toney for long time friendships, traveling companions, and a "true grit" love for Ginny.
Ginny felt blessed to have special caregivers during her illness. Serietta Dulaney and Tommy and Emily Tippens, Raymond Bennett and Barb Wigal. A special thanks is given to Dr. Braham and staff, staff at Healthsouth, and the visiting hospice nurses.
On Dec. 3, 1935, Ginny married Carl E. Smith in Parkersburg.
Surviving are three sons, Eddie Burl of Parkersburg, Donald "Bub" and wife Judy of Shelbyville, Tenn. and Sandyville, Larry Dean and wife Sue of Davenport, Fla. and Sandyville; grandchildren, Dean Ann Cox and (Vince), Michael Smith, Beth Ann Smith and (Arlos), AshLeigh Smith, Mark Smith and (Missy), David Smith and (Jody), and Jaclyn Smith; great grandchildren, Carly Isabella, Lilly Alexandra, Zoe, Kaylee Grace, Matthew, Mitch, Dr. Jason Cox, Alexis, Tinsley, Kingston, Nicholas, Malachi, and Oliver Wylde born Feb. 11, 2013.
Ginny is survived by three stepchildren, Michael, Robbie, and Holly Aquino, and several special nieces and nephews.
Ginny was predeceased by brothers, Chester, Ray, Ross, Brooks, James "Buck", and Freddie Burl "Cub"; sisters, Hazel Bennett, Lura Smith, and Ruth Boggess.
Services will be held at Roush Funeral Home, Ravenswood, on Sunday, 2:30 p.m. with Reverend Robert Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Ravenswood Cemetery.
Friends may visit the family at the funeral home on Sunday, March 10, 2013 from noon until 2:30 p.m., time of service.