Guest Book for

Virginia Owens Smith


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Jack and Shannon Caldwell

Southwest Territory Sales Manager - Paramount Fitness

Rudy & family, Please accept my sincere condolences on Virginia's passing. She was a terriffic lady, and I always enjoyed seeing and talking with her. Her enthusiasm and energy were always great to be near. Sincerely, Jim

Jim Goulding

President, Paramount Fitness Corp

I was honored to be among those invited to attend the 80/50 celebration at Chad's home last October. One needs to look no further than the love and admiration the children of Virginia had for her to know what kind of person she was and what kind of example she set. My condolences to Rudy, Todd, Ginny, Barb and Chad.

Steve Rhodes

Bob ( friend ) Susi ( Encino Mgr. )

Our deepest condolences to you Rudy and family. Many will miss Virginia. Thankyou for sharing all the family photos from throughout the years. You are all deep in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob and Susi Burns

A Special Friend

As I opened my mail today and read of Virginas passing I said out loud " Oh No" It was hard to grasp that the healthiest women I knew had come to pass. Her and Rudy were such an inspiration to alot of us young people begining our careers at Holiday Spa. Over the years I got to know them better and even had the privelidge of meeting many of their family members. Even after they moved to Vegas and I began my family we always kept in touch through Christmas cards and it was always great to hear of there latest adventures . My condolences to Rudy and your entire family. Virginia will always be remembered and you will be kept in our prayers. Roy, Kim ( Packham ) , Kyle and Chloe Gaibay

Kim Packham-Garibay


It was my pleasure to be Virginia's next-door neighbor. I always enjoyed a little chat with her, and her bright smile always brightened my day. I will miss her. Anne Fascenelli

Anne Fascenelli

Rudy's high school friends.

Rudy Sorry to hear of such a terrible loss. We'll pray for you and, of course, Virginia. Gloria and Ray

Gloria and Ray Osbrink

Old Log Theater, President

Virginia was one of the prettiest and nicest young ladies ever to work at the Old Log Theater. She was bright, talented, cooperative and cheerful --- a joy to have around. In the summer of 1948 she was in four of the thirteen plays that we presented. "Philadelphia Story", "Death Takes a Holiday", "Threes a Family", and "Two's a Crowd" We remember Virginia with true affection. May your memory of her bring you consolation. Don Stolz Old Log Theater, Excelsior, MN

Don Stolz




Employee and Friend

I consider myself extremely blessed to have known Virginia. In the time we worked together she was a wonderful example of professionalism, dedication to your work and what it means to really love people and be a friend. It is hard for me to believe she is gone, but I think of her and the valuable things she taught me everyday. My life has also been blessed to have known her family. What wonderful people! Many of our conversations focused on our families. She was fiercely proud of her family-her children, grandchildren and her beloved husband were the world to her. Of all the tributes I could give her, I know the tribute she would love best would be simply to say that she was a wonderful mother. Thoreau once said, "What wealth it is to have such friends that one cannot think of them without elevation." That is the way I feel about Virginia. Her memory elevates me, and inspires me to be a little better. Thnking of her reminds me to be happy. I love and miss you Virginia. nnie Stewart

Connie Stewart


Smith Family, we are so deeply saddened by passing of Lady. Words can not express the many feelings we have had for each of you. Your wife, mother and Grandlady was such an inspiration to all. My last memory of Lady was just a few months ago, in the women's only gym at LVAC. Her making her way around the room, pumping iron. What an example she was to all of us on how to treat the great gift God has given to us, our bodies. What discipline! Kurt will miss her amazing sense of humor, remember going to dinner at Grape Street and her asking that a chair be brought for Kurtis, when he was already sitted. We loved visiting with Lady she was always so friendly, smart, and happy. Lady could be found everywhere. We would see her driving her mini van, paddling on the lake, walking around the lake, playing games with the grand kids, LVAC, The Waffle Lady, and always with a big smile. Lady you will be missed and we will look after your amazing family! Life is to be Enjoyed and Lady did just that! Till we meet again... Much love Kurt and Diane

Kurtis and Diane Prestwich

To the Smith's

Chad, Karyn, Kali, Cannon, Kamio, and Carsen, We just wanted to let you know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. You are blessed with a wonderful Grandma and Mother. She will always be with you. I am sure she is so proud of each of you, you truly are such a beatiful family. I have been thinking a lot about all of you the last little while, hoping that you have felt peace and comfort during this difficult time. I remember last summer when you let us come and stay with you in San Clemete. You made us feel so welcome their and helped take away some of the pain and sadness we felt at that time. I still feel grateful to you all for that. Thank you! Reading through the guest book gave me a greater understanding of what a beautiful mother and person Lady was. I had the opportunity to meet her once. She was so cute and so full of life, (I think we went to Osaka with Kurtis and Diane). Hang in there, you are loved by many. God bless, Mary Ann, Josh and Mikelle

Mary Ann Burdette


Gordon and I send our heart-felt condolences to Rudy and the entire Smith family. Virginia was always an inspiration to me as a mentor in work, in play and in family. I am a better person for knowing her and thank her for all the smiles and encouragement throughout the years. You will be missed, Grand Lady!

Kim Harney-Moore & Gordon Moore

Long time friend and associate.

"A Tribute to a Grand Lady" Virginia "Lady" Smith was a unique person (12/21/1925 - 8/3/2006). There has never been a woman like her and there likely will never be one as multifaceted. Virginia was: Loving; friendly; joyful; gentle; innocent; exhibited naive sweetness; was unexplainable; had endless energy; always exhibited a positive attitude & outlook; was impressive & inspirational; had endless smiles; always had a twinkle in her eyes; brightened a gloomy day; was abundantly generous; was a role model & mentor; a faithful friend to all; a leader in health, fitness and nutrition and a tenacious indomitable practitioner of all three; a pathfinder and path maker; a great business lady; had impeccable honesty & character; a dynamic "Lady"; was intellectually inquisitive; a shaper of many lives; and most of all - a devoted & loving wife and mother. What more can I say. God rest your soul Virginia. You have made a great imprint in history. Paul Ward

Dr. Paul Ward


So sad to just get the news. "The tree is known by the fruit it bears". You are all so beautiful in spirit and soul! We are truly blessed to have the fabric of your family in our lives. With Love- The Berman's

Mike Berman

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