Virginia Ripley Smith, of Brunswick, died Feb. 13, 2017, after a sudden illness. A service, to celebrate her life, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 at College Place United Methodist Church. Visitation with the family will be from 10:00 until 11:15 a.m. preceding the ceremony in the church sanctuary.
Virginia was born Sept. 6, 1937, in Detroit, Mich., to Clarence and Aimee Ripley. She was preceded in death by her parents and by her husband, the Rev. C. E. Smith Jr. of the United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her brother, Art Ripley; sisters, Nancy Murdock and Phyllis Fried; children, Kenny Fathauer, Judy Haynes, Adam Fathauer, Aimee Combs, Heather Pitts, Glenn Smith, Clarence Smith, Sharon Mays and Emory Smith; 18 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was a resident of Brunswick for over 35 years. She served for 25 years as the soloist for services at the Lovely Lane Chapel of Epworth by the Sea on St. Simons Island. She also served as personal assistant to the late Helen Katz of St. Simons and was the founding executive director of the Katz — Helen and Ray Whittle Jr. Foundation. She was a member of College Place United Methodist Church where she was active in the choir for many years.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Virginia’s name to the College Place United Methodist Church Choir Fund or Epworth by the Sea Lovely Lane Chapel Fund.
Chapman Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.