November 4, 1905 ~ May 19, 2012
a sweet reunion it must have been when Virginia Lewis passed
away peacefully on Saturday, May 19, 2012. (Amy) Virginia
Smith was born in Draper, Utah, on November 4, 1905, the
tenth and youngest child of Heber Absolom Smith and Sarah
Jane Fitzgerald Smith. Virginia married Rulon Daniel Lewis
in the Salt Lake Temple on September 9, 1929. They had one
child, Rulon “Dan” (Becky) Lewis.
Virginia attended Draper Park School,
Jordan High School, where her brother, Alma Smith, served
as principal, and studied education at “the BYU.”
Although Virginia adored her beloved Utah
“Star of the West,” she willingly followed her
husband on his assignments as a soil scientist for the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, gathering friends like roses
along the way. She lived in Oregon, Louisiana, Georgia,
Minnesota, Wyoming, Kenya, and Thailand. Highlights include
safaris in Africa, serving as the first Relief Society President
in Thailand, and “walking where Jesus walked”
in Israel. After her husband passed away suddenly in 1967,
Virginia settled in Orem, Utah. She served as a Provo Temple
worker and tour guide on Temple Square.
Virginia looked to the future with optimism
and faith. “The right way is the happy way”.
She was happiest working the soil with her hands, reading,
or visiting with family. She also felt a deep connection
to her pioneer ancestors, which included Perry Fitzgerald,
who crossed the plains with Brigham Young and Absolom Wamsley
Smith, who was a friend to Joseph Smith and a member of
the first bishopric in Draper.
“Grandma Lewis” will be missed
by her grandchildren, Ryan (Heidi) Lewis, Cherie (Michale)
Smith, Michelle (Doug) Brockbank, and Christy (Jared) Jepson,
and twenty-one great-grandchildren. She will be remembered
simply as “Aunt Virginia” by countless extended
Virginia was preceded in death by her
husband, Rulon, and her son “Danny”in 1984.
The family offers their gratitude to the staff at Charleston
Assisted Living in Cedar Hills, Utah, Merry Lee and Tonia
and the dedicated workers at First Choice Hospice, and for
selfless service over the years from Orchard Park 1st Ward.
Services will be held Friday, May 25,
2012 at 11:00 am in the Cedar Hills West LDS Stake Center
Chapel, 4580 West, Cedar Hills Drive, Cedar Hills, Utah.
Family & friends may attend a viewing from 9:30–10:30
am prior to services. Interment will follow in Draper City
Cemetery at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers please consider
donating to the LDS Church Perpetual Education Fund. “God
be with you ‘til we meet again.”