JEFFERSON CITY - Virginia Catherine Smelser, 84, died April 14, 2005, at Heisinger Bluffs.
Born March 17, 1921, at Clarkton, daughter of the late Walter Bethel and Florence Gertrude Dunn Ashbaugh, she was a 1938 graduate of Clarkton High School and graduated from Central Methodist College in Fayette with a degree in music and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She was a piano teacher and was the organist for the First United Methodist Church, which she was a member of, and the Community Christian Church. After attending business school, she later taught at the business school in Poplar Bluff. A member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Association of Retired Missouri State Employees, the Central Methodist Alumni Association, the Ladies Auxiliary VFW, the Music Teachers National Association, United Methodist Women and the Women's Society, she was also a volunteer for Meals on Wheels and the Memorial and Capital Region hospitals and was a lifetime partner of the Capital Regional Medical Center.
On Jan. 16, 1944, at Clarkton, she married Paul Spurgeon Smelser who preceded her in death on July 11, 1997.
Also preceding her in death were two brothers, Robert Ashbaugh and Bernard Ashbaugh.
Survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, David and Ruth Smelser of Springfield; one daughter, Pamela Zubritzky of Jefferson City; one granddaughter, Ericka Langlotz; and three nieces and one nephew.
Services are scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church with Larry L. Gallamore and the Revs. Chris Dumas and Mark Dumas officiating. Visitation will follow.
Buescher Memorial Home in Jefferson City is in charge of arrangements.