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Virginia Le Juan Smith Shrimplin
Birth: Jul. 3, 1933
Beckham County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Jul. 25, 2012
Riley County
Kansas, USA

Virginia "Le Juan" Shrimplin, age 79 of Manhattan, Kansas died from lung cancer, Wednesday morning, July 25, 2012 at Good Shepherd Hospice House with her husband and granddaughter by her side. Le Juan was born July 3, 1933 in Sayre, Oklahoma. Her parents James Charles and Ethel Mae Smith were older parents with one deceased child, Vonda, when Le Juan was born into their home. Le Juan graduated from Central State University of Oklahoma and moved to Deerfield, Kansas to begin her teaching and career in business. There, she met Thomas E. Shrimplin. They married in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, August 12, 1956.

Le Juan and Tom proceeded to farm north of Holcomb, Kansas, raise two children, Jay Charles and Charla Jean. The family moved to Alta Vista, Kansas, then to Hope, Kansas, and later Manhattan Kansas where the couple settled for the rest of Le Juan's life.

Le Juan was employed as a business teacher during the time she raised her children. After moving to Manhattan, she shifted teaching to the Kansas State University Business Department for Fort Riley students. She continued her career, working for Waddell and Reed, then owning and running H&R Block income tax stores.

Upon retirement, Le Juan became full-time active volunteering for various groups in Manhattan. Her focus was the Riley County Genealogical Society. Le Juan and Tom also did a tremendous amount of traveling internationally, focusing on genealogical studies and World War II historical sites.

Le Juan is survived by her spouse of 55 years, Thomas "Pete" Shrimplin in Manhattan, Kansas. Her daughter Charla "Charlie" Shrimplin and her significant other, Craig F. Genovese both living in the Mojave National Preserve of Cima, California. Le Juan's granddaughter, Chelsea "Frances" Shrimplin lives in Bloomington, Indiana. Le Juan's son, Jay Shrimplin died July 29, 2008 in Manhattan Kansas.

The family will receive friends 4:00-5:30 pm Sunday, July 29, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 am Monday, July 30, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Good Shepherd Hospice House, 3801 Vanesta Drive, Manhattan KS 66503, or you may contact them at (785) 537-0688 or (800) 748-7474 or go to and click on donations. Contributions may also be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan KS 66502.

The family of Le Juan Shrimplin would like to thank Good Shepherd Hospice House for all the warmth, and end-of-life comfort care provided to Le Juan, Frances, Pete, and Charlie. In addition, we thank the members of the Riley County Genealogical Society for being engaged and caring, taking Le Juan to meetings and Carlos O'Kelly's during Le Juan's illness. 
Family links: 
  J. Chas. Smith (1892 - 1951)
  Ethel Mae Jones Smith (1894 - 1991)
  Jay Charles Shrimplin (1958 - 2008)*
  Vonda Mae Smith (1928 - 1931)*
  Virginia Le Juan Smith Shrimplin (1933 - 2012)
*Calculated relationship
Kansas Veterans Cemetery at Fort Riley
Riley County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Sec 43, Row 07, Site 080
Created by: Roger
Record added: Jul 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94230798
Virginia Le Juan <i>Smith</i> Shrimplin
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 Added: Jul. 14, 2016
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