Had a distinguished teaching career

Virginia Ann (Dortch) Smith, 74, of Osage Beach, Missouri passed away May 23, 2014.

Virginia was born December 12, 1939 in Monroe, Louisiana to Hazel and Solon Dortch.

Virginia married her soulmate, Johnnie Smith in 1958. She graduated in 1971 with a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Central Missouri. Virginia was a distinguished teacher for 25 years in the St. Charles City School District. She won teacher of the year and was a very caring and patient teacher. Virginia shared her talents of writing, speaking, and music daily with her students.

Survivors include her husband, Johnnie Smith of Osage Beach, Mo; a daughter, Sheila Franklin; son-in-law, Craig Franklin; and granddaughter, Leah Franklin all of Columbia, Mo.

A private family service was held at Memorial Funeral Home in Columbia, Mo. Memorial contributions can be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Donor services, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, Ma 01202 or online at www.lls.org.

Tributes can be left online at www.memorialfuneralhomeandcemetery.com