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Virginia C. Smith
January 17, 1922 ~ January 6, 2023 (age 100) 100 Years Old
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Virginia DiUbaldo Smith passed away peacefully on January 6, 2023 at Barrington Terrace in Naples. She was 101 years old. She lived her life with three passions, her family, God, and her country.
Virginia was born in 1922 in Luke, Maryland, to Andrea and Teresa DiUbaldo who arrived from Italy in the early 20th century. She was one of 8 children; Arone, Tony, Emil, John, Andrew, Caroline, and Theresa, all of whom have predeceased her.
After attending nursing school she, along with her brothers, served in the US military during WWII. Virginia was a First Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps and was stationed in Basra, Iraq, where she met and married her husband, Donald Smith. After the war, they lived in Indiana where Don opened his medical practice and they had 5 children.
Several years after moving to Maryland, Don began breeding thoroughbreds and he and Ginny enjoyed the sport of racing and following their horses. She loved entertaining and, true to her Italian heritage, was an excellent cook. Ginny was an ardent Republican, who had an avid interest in politics. She enjoyed bridge and had great fun playing with her friends. She loved bingo and in fact once won a Mercedes in a raffle at a bingo game in Miami.
Virginia briefly returned to nursing, working in the hospital nursery. In addition, she earned her real estate license and found she had a real knack for sales. Later after Don died in 1978, she went back to nursing in an assisted living community.
Virginia was a devout Catholic and member of the congregation at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Naples. Her Catholicism was a guiding principle of her life.
Ginny loved and was very proud of her 5 children, Christina McDonald (Michael) both deceased, Rebeccah Seely (Robert), Donald Smith II (Gloria), Peggy Melie (Michael) Patricia Dietderich (Neil) and her 11 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be held on April 12, 2023 at 10:00 am at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made In her name to the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP).