Virginia Smothers, daughter of the late William "Lonnie" Rhoades and Katie Mae Montgomery Rhoades was born on Nov. 19, 1931, in Cleveland, Ark. and died on March 21, 2007, at the Saint Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau at the age of 75.
Virginia was united in marriage to Edward L. "Bus" Smothers, her husband of 58 years, on June 1, 1948, in Piggott, Ark. Mr. Smothers survives of the home in Dexter.
Mrs. Smothers graduated from Bernie High School in 1949. They moved to Florissant and raised four children there. She returned to Southeast Missouri in 1977 where she drove a school bus for 35 years 20 years for Ferguson-Florissant School district and 15 for the Dexter School district. She enjoyed gardening and reading but took greater joy in sewing for her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends. She was a member of the Dexter Church of Christ and valued the support and fellowship of her church family, and a resident of Dexter.
Besides her husband, "Bus" Smothers of Dexter, other survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Lonnie "Ed" Smothers and Patsy of St. Louis; by three daughters and one son-in-law, Regina Cook of Chicago, Ill., Louida Anton and George of Cahokia, Ill.; and Jody Garner of Dexter; by one brother, Kenneth Rhoades of Ironton; and by one sister, Erma Brooks of New Madrid; by six grandchildren, Andy Johnson, Steven Anton, Katie Watford, Jenny Dodson, John Garner, and Megan Cook; also by three great-grandchildren, Madeline, Zoe, and Cooper Anton; and many other relatives and friends.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Billy Howard Copeland, G.W. Rhoades, Dewey Rhoades, and Huey Rhoades; and by one son-in-law, Donald Garner.
Friends may call at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Home in Dexter from 5-8 p.m. Friday, March 23, 2007.
Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 11 a.m. in the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel in Dexter with Jim Faughn officiating.
Interment will follow in the Caroline Dowdy Cemetery in Dexter.
Donations may be made to Bootheel Youth Camp C/O Laura Tessens 19191 County Road 231, Bloomfield, Mo. 63825 or The Children's Home of Paragould, Ark.