Violet (Vi) L. Smith, 96, died on March 1, 2021 at St Catherine Hospital in Garden City, KS. She was born on Oct. 13, 1924 on the family farm in Ness County, KS, the daughter of George Custer and Rosa E. (Beye) Holmes. She married George Edward Smith on Aug. 7, 1943 at Garden City, KS. Violet graduated from Bazine High School. She then moved to Garden City. She worked at the Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. She and her husband were longtime owners and operators of Smith Sand Company in Garden City. KS.
She made their home a second home to many of their children’s friends, and people staying in town with family in the hospital. She was a caregiver, their home was always open to family and friends with food, conversation and support. She loved her family and singing and supporting her children’s music endeavors. She sang with the Sweet Adeline’s. Vi’s favorite saying was “I’ll see you in my dreams!”
She is survived by her three sons, Ronald and wife Pat Smith, Dennis and wife Janet Smith both of Garden City, KS, and Steve and wife, Sandy Smith of Overland Park, KS; daughter, Cindy Smith and husband Tom Dial of Garden City, KS; sister, Georgia McDonald of Sarasota, FL; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband in 2005; daughter, Loretta Smith; and five brothers, Melvin Holmes, Perry Holmes, Johnny Holmes, Lloyd Holmes and Carl Holmes; four sisters, Opal Cannon, Mary Richardson, Irene Cunningham and Edna Talbott; and two grandchildren, Andrea Smith and Cameron Smith.
There will be no services held at this time. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Burial will be in Valley View Cemetery in Garden City. KS. Memorials are suggested to Violet Smith Memorial Fund in care of Garnand Funeral Home. Condolences may be posted at www.garnandfuneralhomes.com .
Posted online on March 04, 2021