Virginia E. “Evie” Smith

November 07, 1933 ‒ August 04, 2017

Centerburg, Ohio

Virginia E. “Evie” Smith, age 83 of Centerburg passed away at home surrounded by her loving family on Friday, August 4, 2017 following a three month illness.

She was born on November 7, 1933 in Boyd County, Kentucky to the late Edward and Edna (Gillium) Baugess. She moved to Ohio in her teens and was a graduate of Sparta High School.

It was while she was a cashier that she met Russell Smith, they would marry on January 18, 1974 and together shared 44 wonderful years.  They built the home they resided in for 30 years, worked the family farm, and traveled life’s journey hand in hand.

Evie worked as an assistant librarian for the Centerburg Public Library and Centerburg Schools, retiring in 1994. She was a member of the Perry Church of Christ in Bellville, the Centerburg Class of 1969 Mother’s Club, and was a 20 year committee member of the Centerburg Oldtime Farming Festival.

Having a passion for cooking and baking, her cobblers, pies, cookies, and spaghetti will long be remembered. Evie’s table was always open; one couldn’t stop without the insistence of a meal or some sort of visit.  She collected snowman, amassing a collection of over 200. She also enjoyed flower gardening.  She had a fondness for music, singing, as well as traveling, she looked forward to bus tours adventures.

Always happy and with a to-do list, she was generous to a fault. Described as selfless and never judgmental, she possessed a spunky and generous personality.  Particular, she believed in doing every task the right way or not at all.

She saw to it that her family always had everything they needed, they were always first.  Her family holiday meals will forever be remembered, just as her love of family and kind hearted ways. Perhaps Russell summed it up the best, “the world would be a much better place if there were more people like her”.  Needless to say she will be missed.

In addition to her beloved husband Russell, she is also survived by her children: Bonny Jo Buffington of Westerville, Terry Eugene (Debbie) Hubbell of Pataskala, Peggy Sue (Sam) Freeman of Columbus, Jeanna Elaine (Abel) Moreno of Lewis Center, Stacy Dawn Smith (Jessica) of Blue Ash, grandchildren: Trisha, Shandra, Aaron, Jerod, Logan, Mollie, many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, sister Lindell (Mike) Lothamer of Worthington, sister-in-law Wanda Baugess of Whitehouse, TX, nieces and nephews: Jimmy, Julie, Chris, Deidre, and Stephanie, as well as a host of extended family and friends.

She was also preceded in death by an infant brother and her brother James Baugess.

Friends may call 2:00-4:00 and 6:00-8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. St. Rt. 61 at St. Rt. 3, Sunbury, Ohio 43074, where services be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday with Pastor Leroy Bumpus officiating.  Burial will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Perry Church of Christ.

Condolences may be expressed at

    • I am so sorry for the passing of this sweet lady. I got the privilege to take care of Virginia at Centerburg Pointe. Virginia and russ was the sweetest couple and most definitely touched my heart. May god wrap his arms around the family at this time. Praying for you all.

  • So sorry to hear of Evelyn’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  • I’m so sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. The loss of a parent, mother, and friend is hearbreaking, especially when they’re all three one and same. My thoughts are with all of you.

  • Evelyn was a kind and caring neighbor and friend. She will be missed so very much. Our sympathy is with her family.

    The Eckard family

  • Evie was a kind and caring person. She will be missed by all that knew her. With our deepest sympathy to the family.

  • She was a lot of amazing things but perhaps her greatest gift was as a librarian in a small town. She inspired so many children and opened the world of opportunities to them. I know she will be missed.

    • I too had the priviledge many years ago of seeing her at the library. She was always especially nice to me and would point out new materials to read, whatever they might be. Though somewhere between 35-40 years have passed, I remember her just as fondly now as I did back then. My condolences to her family and extended family as well.

  • So sorry, Russell to learn of the passing of your beloved wife. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Russ, So sorry to hear this about Evelyn. Sending prayers to you and your family.

  • We were so sorry to hear of Evelyn’s passing. She was a special lady and will be missed by many people. May all of your wonderful memories of her help you through all your days ahead, sincerely, Becky and Jim Tennant and the Kasson family..

  • Russell,

    So sorry to hear about Evie. We had many good times on our various bus trips.
    Also enjoyed seeing her at the Old Time Farm Festivals. She was a lovely lady.

  • Russell and family, So very sorry to hear of Evelyn’s passing. May God bless and comfort all of you at this time. You have many wonderful memories of that lovely lady and was glad to have known her for so many years.

  • …”the loss is immeasurable, but so is the love left behind.”
    Our most heartfelt condolences to you, Russell, your family and many, many friends who knew and loved Evie.

  • Evelyn was like a second mother to me growing up, so many great memories!! She will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss. Angela Stockwell- Ferrell

  • So sorry that I leave early Tues for Colorado so will be unable to attend. Know that you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • I am very sorry to hear this news. Evelyn was a very special person to me and also so kind to everyone. Russell and family please know that so many will miss her but are so much better for having known her.

  • Evie loved her family, friends and life. We will remember her fondly. Condolences to Russ and family, Stacy has a special place in our life. We will always be here for her with love. Charley and Becky Watka

  • Leanne and I are so sorry to hear the news. May God be with the family and give you strength

  • Another Centerburg treasure lost. May I join the school & entire community in expressing my sympathy? Touching young lives was another of her many virtues.
    Thoughts & prayers to all her family.

  • Thinking of you Russ and your family during this time. Prayers for comfort and peace. 💙

  • It was such a pleasure working with Evie at the elementary school. She was one spunky little lady. She made going to the library a lovely experience for every child. We were fortunate to have her. My sincere condolences to her treasured family.

  • Russell it was with much regret that I learned of your wife’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Tom Foster