|Birth: ||Jul. 23, 1917|
|Death: ||Jan. 15, 2006|
Mila Virginia Smith was born to Walter Rice and Mary Bernice Smith in Moweaqua, Illinois. She was raised in Decatur, Illinois, where her great-grandfather, Edward Owen Smith I, was one of the early builders, signer of the Constitutional Convention of the State of Illinois, and mayor during the Civil War. Her mother was a Nethercutt, and her grandfather, Milo W. Nethercutt, was a pastor for the Christian Church, Disciples of Christ. Her mother's first cousin, Merle Nethercutt, married a man named Norman, and was the founder of Merle Norman Cosmetics.
Virginia attended Millikin College, also in Decatur, and later married Paul Taylor Gebhart. His family owned the Gebhart Opera House, the Gebhart Block, Gebhart Construction, Gebhart Auto Supply Stores, Gebhart Paint Stores, and other businesses.
Virginia and Paul had two daughters: Caroline Sue (4-12 to 7-16-1941), and Patty Suzanne, who married Donald R. Oftedahl. Paul Gebhart was killed in a gas explosion in his gun shop in Pekin, Illinois on January 30, 1960, and is buried in Fairlawn Cemetery in Decatur. Virginia married James E. Valentine in November, 1961. He died December 30, 1999, and is buried in Park Hill Cemetery in Bloomington, Illinois.
Virginia moved to Watauga, Texas to live with her daughter, Patty for two years, followed by two years in a nursing home prior to her Homegoing. She was saved by the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ, served Him well, and is now enjoying His presence in Heaven.
Paul Taylor Gebhart (1913 - 1960)
James E. Valentine (1913 - 1999)
Carolyn Sue Gebhart (1941 - 1941)*
Patty Suzanne Gebhart Oftedahl (1942 - ____)*
Created by: Don Oftedahl
Record added: Nov 24, 2007
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