Virginia Roberta Smith was born Oct. 13, 1931, on the family farm near Remsen, the daughter of Robert and Anna (Redenius) Smith. She attended country school near Merrill, and later in Woodstock, Minn. Following her schooling, she moved back to the area to live with her older sister, Bernice.
Ginny began working as a CNA at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars, and later at the V.A. Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.
She was united in marriage to Armand Brown on March 22, 1963. They farmed north of Adaville until the early 1990s, when they moved to Akron. Ginny also worked part time as a waitress for two local restaurants. Armand died Aug. 29, 2003.
Ginny continued to live at Akron until she became a resident of the Akron Care Center.
Ginny and Armand attended Adaville United Methodist Church and later, when they moved to town, Immanuel Lutheran Church. Ginny loved working outdoors on the farm and helping Armand where she could, including driving the tractors. She also enjoyed going hunting and trapping with Armand.
Most recently, after moving to Akron, she volunteered at the Hawarden Community Hospital.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her stepchildren: Marcene (Eldon) Heeren of rural Akron, and Larry (Rose) Brown of Omaha, Neb.; five grandchildren; a sister: Amelia "Jackie" Reamer of Las Vegas, Nev.; two sisters-in-law: Catherine Smith of Brandon, S.D., and Teresa Smith of Pipestone, Minn.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Armand; five brothers: Robert, Harvey, Henry, Gilbert, and David; and four sisters: Georgia Sorgdrager, Bernice Jacquez, Ann Peschon, and Shirley Marienau.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A. in Akron. The Rev. Dawn Quame will officiate. Burial will follow in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, rural Merrill. Visitation with the family present will be from 9:30 a.m. until service time Tuesday at the church. The Carlsen Funeral Home - Schroeder Chapel in Akron, Iowa is in charge of arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy may be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.