Guest Book for

Virginia Owens Smith


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Follies Dollies
2007-03-20

Dear Folly Dolly Gin Gin: Listen here, girl. Just because you were first and the leader whenever we did swim shows, that doesn't mean you can leave us here without you and without some sort of warning. You were the leader in much more than our swim routines. I came to you every time I had problems whether they were about health, fun or just life in general. You were always there for me and never gave me bad advice. I know I am still confiding in you and waiting for a sign from you as to what I should do. Thanks for the many happy memories if I had known those go-carts were a real race toward heaven, I would have shifted into faster than F D Gin Gin. Even now you seem to be trying to goof me up in my writing this letter to you guys again I lost the last letter completely. It was nothing like this. Flo reminded me that I needed to write this letter, but it is a very difficult task for me to review the sixty-some years of our lives from Minneapolis to Sherman Oaks, San Clemente and finally to Las Vegas You ended up with the perfect family: 2 boys and 2 girls. That wasn't easy as you always believed in doing things the natural way (which is also the most difficult). Ouch. But they all turned out to be winners. Your knowledge of medical information beat even today's computers. You had every right to glow when you showed us the health club, Ginny's home and family, and Todd's home (even though one of his children was sick) and family. Little did we know that the ride around that track would be our last trip together. Your nephew caught our pictures in action and Teresa said she sent them to you even then you had that glow of the winner. Alice and LaLa missed the race, but I hung on with you and Flo. Time alone will tell who the #2 winner will be. Save me a cozy spot near you. You deserve to observe your loved ones from afar and glow in the glory of their successfully following your great example of: How to do it Right. I love you so much and am missing you so much and am jealous that you got there first. You lucked out, Rudy, when you chose that gem. Love you love you love you.

Folly Dolly Bon Bon



2007-01-04

Marylou and I are very sad with the passing of Virginia, Please accept our sincere sympathy.

Paul Warshawsky



2006-11-01

I will always remember Virgina as a beautiful, generous and loving lady. Seeing her face light up as she played and cuddled with her little "Peekachu" Jessi was very special and thinking of it now brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart. I truly believe that love lives on forever, through the hearts of those who loved them and Lady will continue to be treasured, missed and loved by many. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and friends.

Stella


Touched
2006-10-05

Having no notice of Virginia's passing, we are still in shock. This tribute was a wonderful way for us to look back on her incredible life. Her warmth and kindness live on in the lives of her family and those she has touched. Having been confronted with cancer and the passing of Lisa's Mom, Carol, we know all too well the sorry and pain you have experienced. I know that Virginia's spirit will live on in your hearts as Carol's has with us. We extend our deepest condolences to the entire family.

Craig and Lisa Pepin-Donat



2006-09-25

OUE SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO RUDY AND HIS FAMILY. BRUCE AND DELORYSE CONNER CONNER, MONTANA

BRUCE/DELORYSE CONNER


Tribute
2006-09-22

Your mother Virginia was indeed a grand lady in every sense of the word. I remember her as a young woman, very beautiful, married to your dad, who always was one of the great people in our industry. I don't know of anyone in our business I have more respectt for than your father, Rudy. He was not only one of the great fitness center operators of all time, but he was a genuine person as well. I know that a lot of his goodness was because he married a lovely person in your mother, Virginia. She was always by his side and very supportive. Not only that, but the two of them were great examples of a committed, married couple and good parents, something very special when we all leave this good life, as your mom has. The Rice family love her for all the good memories. Robert L. Rice

Robert & Joyce Rice



2006-09-19

Bob and I were stunned to learn of Virginia's passing and wish to express our deepest sympathy to you, Rudy, and your family. Virginia made friends with everyone she met. She was the first person to show us around Pacific Palisades and Malibu when we were making the big move and we were very grateful for her help. Skiing with Virginia was a joy...she was a born teacher and a patient coach...I loved being with her. No one who knew her will ever forget her warmth and charm. Our love is with you all. Sincerely, Bob and Judy

Bob and Judy Jochem


"FIRST LADY OF HEALTH & FITNESS"
2006-09-13

WE WILL MISS YOU AND ALL THOSE WONDERFUL TIMES WE HAD TOGETHER. YOU SHALL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEART. LOVE, BOB & MADELEINE DELMONTEQUE

BOB & MADELEINE DELMONTEQUE



2006-09-13

Dear Todd,Chad and Family, I wanted to tell you how deeply sorry to hear of Lady's passing. The few occasions that I had the privilege of being in her presence will always remain memorable. I had always felt warm and acceptance from Lady and all of your family. My thoughts and continued prayers to each of you in your time of sorrow. Please tell everyone hello. With Love, Velina

Velina Carter


Sympathy and appreciation
2006-09-08

Rudy my Friend, It is a privilege to have shared time with you and your beautiful Lady. Deepest sympathies and sorrow for your loss. Virginia is gone but only over the horizon of sight not consciousness. For us who knew her, spent time with the Smiths, worked with them, participated in the Social Tsunami they caused that changed the world, know as the fitness revolution, Virginia will always exist. She is forever our model of motivation, persistency, inspiration, modesty and loyalty. Although we have not spoken in years please allow me to express my gratitude for the opportunity and joy of knowing you and your beautiful family. Mike S. Holiday Spa LVAC 1979-97

Mike Sansenbach



2006-09-07

So sorry to hear about Virginia's passing. I will always remember how happy and cheerful she was. Virgina had a smile for everyone. With Love, Nova Gail Ball

Nova Gail Ball



2006-09-07

Rudy and family. Our sincerest sympathies for your loss. Virginia was always such a pleasure to meet and talk with.

karl and nicki kramer



2006-09-07

What do I say about the woman who made the most profound impact in my life. Lady was my friend, my mentor, a woman I love deeply. I am so thankful Lady and I have kept in touch throughtout the years. Lady was truly the first woman pioneer in the health club industry. You can see Ladys handprints throughout the fitness world. The years I worked for Lady at Holiday Spa Health Clubs,were happy and successful, due to the motivation,enthusiam, and never ending support of Lady. My heart, and love go out to all the people who love Lady, especially to Rudy,her children and grandchildren. Heres to you Lady. With all my love, and respect. Mary Bouck(MGB)and Family, Scott, Tifanie and Christopher

Mary Bouck (MGB



2006-09-03

In all of nature there is no such thing as staying the same. You are either striving to make yourself better...or allowing yourself to get WORSE! This is the message that greeted all members and employees of the clubs. It was Virginia and Rudy's secret to sucess and they shared it with us all.Now,some understood it then and for some of us it became clearer later in life. Virginia and Rudy, thank you for living your dream and thank you for Holiday Spa. We were sadned by the news of Virginia's passing and we want to send our deepest sympathy to everyone who knew and loved Virginia. She was a blessing to all of us!

Dennis Scannell and Michelle Novak-Scannell


A Very Special Person
2006-09-01

Our sincere condolences on the passing of your mother. We have very fond memories of her, especially her graciousness, hospitality and love, as we came over and played and grew up with you, at our beach houses in Malibu and during skiing and fishing trips with you all in Mammoth and June Lake many years ago. She was a very special and remarkable woman, and seeing these photos and video brought back some great memories. You are all in our prayers. Love, the Kaminski Family

Henry, Jann, Bruce and Leslea Kaminski


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Children

Todd Owens Smith

Ginny Smith FitzGerald

Barb Owens Preston

Chad Owens Smith


Grandchildren

Kali

Canon

Kamio

Carsen

Aria Siena

Jessica Faith
"Peekachu"


Siblings

Arthur Owens

Florence Lowe